A Gainesville Police Department officer stopped a vehicle for an expired tag. Upon contacting the driver and explaining why the officer stopped him, the officer noticed a strong smell of marijuana emitting from the vehicle. The officer conducted a search of the vehicle incident to that odor and discovered several small plastic containers, each with a small amount of a green leafy substance. The officers training and experience led him to believe this was marijuana. Additionally, there were glass marijuana pipes and a box of rolling papers. The driver admitted that the substance was marijuana and that the items belonged to him. The driver was released from the scene and advised that the sworn complaint would be filed in reference to the drug violations.
The driver retained Meldon Law and we were able to enroll the driver in a deferred prosecution program. This program allows for the state to drop the charges against the driver if he completes certain specific requirements. The driver did complete the requirements of his program and all charges have been dropped by the state.