The officer stopped and placed Caruthers under arrest without incident. Meanwhile, another officer saw a blue backpack next to where Caruthers had been sitting. When the bag was picked up, a firearm and several baggies containing a white substance were visible. Officers noted that nobody else was near Caruthers or the vehicle the entire time he was observed, the report said.
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Inside the Leesburg Police Department, officers searched the bag and found a scale, a clear bag containing multiple zip-lock bags of drugs, one spoon, a pack of unused zip-lock baggies, and a Taurus Judge firearm loaded with five rounds. The clear bag contained four smaller bags filled with a white rock-like substance that tested positive for cocaine.
The total weight of the cocaine was 13.5 grams, according to the report. Caruthers was booked at the police station and lodged in the Lake County Jail, where he was released Monday on a $16,000 bond. Caruthers is set to appear in Lake County Court on May 31.