UPD: Traffic stop results in drug, weapons charges
Published: Monday, November 12, 2012 at 11:11 a.m.
Last Modified: Monday, November 12, 2012 at 11:11 a.m.
The University of Florida Police Department pulled a truck over Saturday night for driving erratically and reported finding a loaded handgun, bullets and 11 grams of marijuana.
According to a UPD arrest report, police arrested and charged the driver, Michael Antoine Williams, 25, with resisting without violence, possession of marijuana and driving without a license. Officers also arrested Cornell Cox, 46, of Dunnellon, with possession of a weapon by a felon, carrying a concealed weapon without a permit and possessing a gun with the serial number removed. A third person in the vehicle, Charles Jenkins, was not arrested.
According to the report, UPD saw a white truck hit a curb around 2 a.m. and swerve toward another vehicle at the intersection of 13th Street and West University Avenue. An officer pulled the car over near 400 NW 12th Drive.
The officer saw movement, the report said, and considered the situation suspicious. Police approached the car and saw Cox, the passenger, slumped over Williams’ lap, vomiting.
The report said Williams refused to exit the vehicle after police ordered him to do so. Williams also refused to comply when told to put his hands behind his back. Police searched Williams and reported finding $120 and 11 grams of marijuana.
While searching the vehicle, officers found a .380 Walther handgun with the serial number filed off lying on the floor next to Cox, a convicted felon, according to the report. The gun had five rounds in the magazine and one in the chamber. Police also reported finding a plastic bag containing 12 loose bullets.
Police charged Cox with possession of the weapon because it was within reaching distance and “with one movement he could have grabbed the gun to use it.”
An official at the Alachua County jail said Cox was released on a bond of $4,500, and Williams was released on his own recognizance Sunday.