Florida man charged with drug abuse


The Bellefontaine Police Department observed a vehicle fail to obey the traffic light on South Main Street Thursday afternoon around 4:00. The vehicle continued southbound.

A traffic stop was initiated on Maple Avenue.

Justin Kirker, 42, of Temple Terrace, was identified. When officers asked him why he did not stop at the traffic light, he explained that he saw the light was yellow. Police advised him that when he traveled through the intersection, the officer had the green light.

When officers asked if there was anything illegal in the vehicle, he said no. Police could smell an odor of raw marijuana coming from the vehicle. He said that he had been arrested before when he was in Florida. When officers asked if there was any marijuana in the vehicle, he said there was.

He stated there were marijuana blunts in the side door and there was a black case on the floor with a marijuana shake and pipe. Kirker said he used to have a medical marijuana card in Florida and that he was educated on Ohio’s medical marijuana law.

A search of the vehicle was conducted.

Officers found multiple marijuana blunts in a red cup in the driver’s side door. A set of digital scales, along with a black case containing a marijuana shake and glass pipe were located on the passenger side floorboard.

Dispatch advised that Kirker’s driver’s license was not valid in Florida. Officers informed him that he needed to obtain a valid driver’s license to drive in Ohio.

Kirker was charged with drug abuse; controlled substance possession or use and obedience to traffic control devices.