TRAFFIC STOPS LEAD TO DRUG ARRESTS IN PAISLEY AND ALTOONA
A deputy sheriff on patrol in the Paisley area of Lake County busted a St. Petersburg man with trafficking amounts of methamphetamine after the deputy pulled him over for improper use of off-road LED lights on his jeep. The deputy stopped the driver, identified as 45-year-old Joseph Holland of Saint Petersburg, Florida, just after 1 a.m. in the area of County Road 42 and Georgia Avenue.
During the stop, the deputy learned that Holland did not have a valid driver's license. As the investigation progressed, the deputy placed Mr. Holland under arrest and searched the vehicle. During the search, the deputy located pills, a large amount of methamphetamine packaged in clear baggies, a scale, and a handgun. Holland estimated that the meth he was in possession of has a street value of approximately $400,000.
Holland was transported to the Lake County Detention Center and charged with possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, possession of ammunition by a convicted felon, possession of Xanax without a prescription, trafficking in meth over 200 grams, possession of meth, driving with a suspended license, and possession of drug paraphernalia. He was booked in with a total bond of $135,000.
In an unrelated incident in nearby Altoona, a deputy stopped a driver for running a red light at State Road 19 and County Road 42 just before midnight. The driver, 34-year-old Jerry Johnson of Umatilla, had a suspended driver's license and was placed under arrest.
A search of his vehicle produced smoking devices, a small amount of marijuana, a scale, meth, and $1,500 in cash.
Johnson was transported to the Lake County Detention Center and charged with possession of meth, driving with a suspended license, having an improper tag attached to the vehicle, and possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia. He was booked in with a total bond of $14,500.
Both booking photos and related arrest affidavits are attached (click on the camera icon below).