Police said they could have just charged Willie Lundy with a misdemeanor for possession of marijuana. But once they apparently spotted him throwing his stash out a car window, officers said they tacked on a felony charge of tampering with evidence. And they cited him for driving without a license, which they say the 39-year-old apparently has never had.
Lundy, of 3505 SW 28th Terrace, was pulled over late Wednesday because a tag light was out on his car, according the Gainesville Police Department. Officer Brett Smith said that while Lundy was coming to a stop, he threw some small plastic bags out the window. Smith said he picked up the bags — which felt wet — and determined they held marijuana. A criminal records check showed Lundy’s state identification card had been suspended seven times since 1998 for failing to pay traffic fines. State records also confirmed what Lundy told Smith — he has never had a driver’s license.
Smith said that, following Lundy’s arrest, Lundy said the plastic bags were wet because he had tried to eat the marijuana so police would not find it, but then got scared and tossed the bags out the window. Lundy was being held at the Alachua County jail Thursday on charges of tampering with evidence, possession of marijuana and knowingly driving without a license. According to the Florida Department of Corrections, Lundy is a repeat offender. His four prison terms since 1988 include sentences for robbery with a weapon, burglary with a weapon and multiple cocaine offenses.
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