Tag light leads to drug and paraphernalia arrest

Local St. Augustine reporters at Historic City News have learned that in the wee hours of Saturday morning, Police Corporal Tim Bryan observed a vehicle driving with no tag light in the area of West King Street and South Whitney Street.

Bryan stopped the silver truck at about 3:20 a.m. and asked the 29 year-old driver, Thomas Wilson, for his driver’s license and proof of insurance. Wilson, whose reported address is 8045 CR-214 (West King Street), reached into his pocket to retrieve the documents but also withdrew a small plastic bag containing a blue pill.

The pill was identified as Valium (Diazepam), a prescription benzodiazepine; used to treat anxiety disorders, the symptoms of sudden alcohol withdrawal, muscle spasms, and seizures. Wilson stated that he did not have a prescription for the drug.

Wilson was arrested and searched, uncovering a pipe commonly used to smoke marijuana.

Community Affairs Officer Barbara Stevens of the St. Augustine Police Department reports that Wilson was charged with possession of a Schedule IV drug without a prescription and possession of drug paraphernalia. Wilson was released from jail after posting a $3,000 appearance bond.

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