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Speeding driver busted with marijuana in Leesburg

Lorenzo Jeremiah Pierson
Lorenzo Jeremiah Pierson

An Orlando man was arrested for possession of marijuana after police stopped him for speeding by almost 20 miles per hour.

Police spotted a white Toyota sedan traveling north on U.S. Hwy. 441 at around 12:20 a.m. Thursday, according to an arrest report from the Leesburg Police Department. The officer used a radar to scan the vehicle’s speed, which came in at 64 miles per hour in a 45 mph zone. He also discovered that the vehicle’s registration expired December 2022.

The officer initiated a traffic stop and began to approach 21-year-old Lorenzo Jeremiah Pierson, the report said. As he got closer to the driver’s side, the officer watched Pierson move a large black box from the passenger seat to the back seat of the vehicle.

The officer could smell burnt marijuana emitting from the vehicle as he explained the reason for the stop. In plain sight, he could see a multicolored marijuana grinder sitting in the passenger seat and a large marijuana pipe wedged in between Pierson and the center console, the report said.

Pierson was asked to step out of the vehicle while the officer searched its interior, the report said. Pierson acknowledged that there were about 57 grams of marijuana in the box before the search began. However, the officer discovered 62 grams of marijuana, one marijuana pipe, three grinders with marijuana residue and a 1.03-gram THC vape pen.

Pierson was arrested and charged with possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia. He was also issued a citation for speeding. He was transported to the Lake County Jail after completing the booking process and released after posting $3,000 bond.

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