A 22-year-old Leesburg man was charged with possession of THC wax after being pulled over for failing to use his turn signal.
At around 10:45 p.m. Saturday, a Leesburg police officer saw a green Mustang turn right from Dixie Avenue onto 12th Street without signaling the change of direction (west to north). The officer conducted a traffic stop in the area of 450 S. 12th St., according to the police report.
The officer spoke with the driver – Bradley Michael Andrews, of 1100 Seminole Ave. – and explained the reason for the stop. A K-9 unit arrived and conducted a free air sniff of the vehicle. The dog gave a positive alert for narcotics. Andrews and a passenger remained inside the car during the search, the report said.
After Andrews got out of the vehicle, the officer patted him down and felt an object in his left pocket. The officer did not remove the item and asked Andrews to tell him what it was. Andrews said it was “THC,” a highly concentrated form of cannabis, which is a controlled substance. The officer examined the substance and it appeared to be a yellow, wax-like substance consistent with THC wax, the report said.
After being read his Miranda warning, Andrews confirmed he was aware the substance is illegal and said he purchased it for $20 from an unknown male at a store in Leesburg. He said he said it was about a gram of wax. Because it was in wax form, the officer was unable to remove it from the small plastic container, but the container had a total weight of 2.8 grams, according to the report.
No other illegal substances were found on Andrews or inside the vehicle. Andrews was taken to the Leesburg Police Department for booking and then to the Lake County Jail, where he was released Sunday morning on $2,000 bond. He is scheduled to appear in Lake County Court on July 18.