When an officer measured the tint on the windows of a vehicle driven by a Leesburg man who had previously been detained at the Lake County Jail, he smelt burning marijuana.
When police arrived at Shuvaun Jamall Faniel’s home, they found him in possession of a restricted substance (THC wax) without a prescription, along with drug equipment, a suspended license, and several probation breaches report to the New York Daily News.
It was Faniel’s first arrest since April 2020, when he was charged with selling marijuana to authorities and providing them with fraudulent identification, according to jail records.
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Eustis officers were patrolling North Bay Street shortly before midnight when they spotted a white Chrysler with tinted windows that appeared darker than permitted, according to the arrest affidavit. A car stop was made on Bay Avenue just north of Clifford Avenue by a police officer.
Officer Faniel requested that the driver lower the front and rear windows halfway so that the tint % could be tested. There was a 17 percent overage, which is against the law. In response to the officer’s assertion that Faniel’s car belonged to his cousin, Faniel claimed the tint was prohibited.
The officer was able to detect the odor of burnt marijuana coming from the vehicle while chatting with the passengers. According to the report, the officer also saw a slightly smoked marijuana blunt put inside the ashtray in the cupholder.
Fans’ driving record revealed that he had his license suspended over a dozen times, and his name was on the list of frequent traffic violators. According to the report, Faniel claimed to have a medical marijuana card, but he didn’t have it with him.
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The officer performed a probable cause search of the vehicle based on the odor of smoked marijuana and the marijuana blunt that was in plain sight. Waxy brown material found in a black bag in the back seat tested positive for significant THC content.
According to the report, the officer recognized the bag as belonging to Faniel after observing him looking through it for his license and registration.
Faniel was arrested and brought to the Eustis Jail, where he is being held on $5,000 bail. On May 23, he is due in Lake County Court.