Three arrested in traffic stop after police discover drugs, paraphernalia


Published: Friday, January 30, 2009 at 10:18 a.m.
Last Modified: Friday, January 30, 2009 at 10:18 a.m.

Gainesville police officials say three men riding in a car without a tag light wound up blaming each other for the drugs and paraphernalia found in the vehicle. Then all three got a ride to jail.

Those arrested were identified as the driver, Jason Ross Hollingsworth, 19, of High Springs, front seat passenger Nicholas Logan Westmoreland, 19, of High Springs, and rear passenger Michael Serrano, 24, of Fort White.

All three were charged with possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia. Westmoreland and Hollingsworth was also charged possession with intent to sell drugs, and Hollingsworth was charged with carrying a concealed weapon. Serrano was also charged with possession of less than 20 grams of marijuana.

Police Officer Christopher King noticed the car without the tag light in the 2000 block of SW Archer Rd. at 11:30 p.m. Thursday. King said the driver and passenger agreed to be searched and to have the car searched.

King said that, after police found 39 grams of marijuana, seven Ecstasy pills, two scales with marijuana residue on them and multiple plastic bags inside the car, the driver and passengers were questioned about whom the items belonged to.

Passengers Serrano and Westmoreland claimed everything in the car belonged to Hollingsworth, the driver. Hollingsworth claimed the marijuana and Ecstasy belonged to Serrano, the back seat passenger.

The three suspects were being held at the Alachua County Jail on Friday.

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