SARASOTA, Fla. (WWSB) - Deputies took a 26-year-old man into custody on Monday evening on drugs and weapons charges following a traffic stop.
Terrance Bell Jr., of Sarasota, a convicted felon, has been charged with three felonies.
A deputy first noticed Bell when he was traveling on Clark Road in Sarasota near I-75 in a white Chevrolet SUV. The deputy ran Bell’s vehicle tag and found the registration had expired in March.
Deputies pulled Bell over and say they immediately smelled marijuana coming from the inside of the SUV. Bell was unable to produce identification and told the deputy his driver’s license was suspended.
Deputies instructed Bell to exit the SUV and spotted several multi-colored pills that were identified as MDMA in the driver’s side door. Deputies searched the vehicle further and say they found a Smith & Wesson 9mm handgun in the glove box and a box of ammunition.
It is illegal for convicted felons to possess a handgun.
Deputies say after being arrested, Bell was interviewed and admitted having MDMA and that his DNA would be on the firearm. Deputies say he also admitted to regularly smoking marijuana and having smoked marijuana earlier in the day.
Bell was charged with one count of Possession of a Controlled Substance, one count of Possession of a Firearm by a Convicted Felon, and one count of Driving While License Suspended. He was released Tuesday on $10,500 bond.