Traffic stop leads to drug-related arrest

Published: Tuesday, January 17, 2012 at 8:06 a.m.
Last Modified: Tuesday, January 17, 2012 at 8:06 a.m.

Police arrested a driver Monday evening after an officer said the man missed a stop bar at an intersection and had several packets of marijuana with him.

Nathan Lee Taylor III, 23, of 2334 NW 65th Place, was arrested by the Gainesville Police Department. Officer Shawn Barnes said Taylor’s driver’s license restricts him to driving for business purposes only.

After being stopped at 8 p.m. at the intersection of Northeast Waldo Road and Eighth Street, Taylor told the officer he works morning hours as a server. However, he could not explain why he was driving hours after his shift ended for the day, according to Barnes.

In an arrest report, the officer wrote that a search of Taylor and his vehicle turned up several small packets of marijuana and $255 in cash in $5, $10 and $20 bills.

Barnes also wrote that the amount and packaging of the marijuana found with Taylor was “well beyond a personal use amount” and the “denominations of money are consistent with street-level narcotics sales.”

Taylor was booked into the Alachua County jail on charges of possession of marijuana with intent to sell; possession of marijuana; possession of drug paraphernalia; violating restrictions on a driver’s license and maintaining a drug vehicle.

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