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Suspect: Marijuana is from the earth

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Marion County Sheriff's reports

By Jim Clark

A driver involved in a minor accident near Majestic Oaks the afternoon of Aug. 14 was arrested and charged with possession of marijuana and possession of paraphernalia, both misdemeanors, and DUI with property damage, according to jail records. According to the report, Tarae Tarrell Massey, 19, of Southwest 100th Lane, was seen putting drugs in his pants pocket. A search of him and the car produced the marijuana and a jar called a “chopper,” which is used to cut marijuana into small pieces.
According to the report, while en route to the jail, “the defendant began spontaneously saying he did not understand why he was being arrested as marijuana is a natural substance that comes from the earth, and he sees no problem with smoking it and will continue to do so. The defendant also in a spontaneous outburst stated he has been smoking marijuana for five years, and it has not affected him at all as he is in college.”
A man seen driving down the road and failing to stay in a single lane was arrested for driving while his license was suspended or revoked.
According to a report from the Marion County Sheriff’s Office, Harold Odell Skipper, 66, of Southwest 80th Street, Dunnellon, was seen driving on Southwest 129 Terrace Road at 3:20 a.m. on Aug. 10. As the deputy followed the vehicle, “it began weaving from side to side failing to maintain a lane,” according to the report.
A computer check on the Skipper showed his license was permanently revoked on June 13, 1990, for DUI. He was taken to jail, and released the same day under $10,000 bond.
A 28-year-old Ocala man was arrested for DUI after he was stopped on State Road 200 for failing to stay within a single lane. A deputy spotted the vehicle about 2 a.m. on Aug. 14 and pulled him over. William Torres of Southwest 128th Loop reportedly failed the field sobriety test and was taken to jail, where his breath allegedly registered .111 and .121.
He was taken to jail and released the next day.