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Marion County Sheriff's reports

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Interstate traffic stops bring drug arrests

By Jim Clark

A pair of traffic stops on the Interstate resulted in drug charges against two individuals, one from out of state.

On Aug. 12 at about 7:30 p.m., a deputy stopped a vehicle for following too closely in the rain.

During the stop the deputy noticed that the driver, James Mack Goins Jr., 43, of Slocumb, Ala., was shaking and drinking out of a plastic cup. A k-9 unit responded and the dog alerted on the vehicle. The deputy alleged found a plastic bag under the driver side floor mat containing a white powder, which field tested for cocaine.

According to the report, Goins told the deputy that it wasn’t a big deal since he had just bought a little bag.

He was jailed on felony possession. The vehicle, owned by Rent a Wreck of Fruitland Park, was towed.

About four hours later, another vehicle was stopped on the Interstate for an improperly displayed tag.

Again the k-9 alerted to the vehicle, and a small white substance was allegedly found on the floor board within arms reach of the driver. It field tested positive for cocaine, according to the report.

According to the report, Shawn P. Maginness of Southwest 64th Court was accused of felony possession. He allegedly told the deputy he was planning to smoke it because he was bored. He said he paid $20 for the cocaine.

Alleged dating violence led to the aggravated battery arrest of a local man.

Julio Cesar Campos, 44, of 6002 S.W. 107th Place, allegedly hit a woman with a bottle and then left. He was arrested at the restaurant where he worked.

Steven Wayne Christensen, 55, of Southwest 36th Avenue, was accused of DUI after being stopped on State Road 200 for no tag light. After failing the field sobriety test, he was taken to jail, where his breath registered .094 and .089.