Ronnie Wilson of North Lauderdale, Florida was arrested Monday after he allegedly blocked a sidewalk with his car, news sources report. An arresting officer found a loaded handgun, marijuana, cocaine, and oxycodone in Wilson’s vehicle following the arrest. Wilson, 25, was booked into the Broward County Main Jail on charges of trafficking oxycodone and cocaine, possession of marijuana, and displaying a firearm during the commission of a felony. A judge ordered he be held without bond. No criminal defense lawyer has yet spoken out on Wilson’s behalf.
According to reports, Wilson once played as an offensive lineman for the Gators, a University of Florida football team. The University removed Wilson from the team in 2008 after he was purportedly involved in a number of illicit activities, including weapon, drug, and violence charges. Reports were unable to provide the exact details of those activities.
During a court hearing, Wilson claimed he had recently started his own janitorial business and asked the judge for a second chance. “I want to prove to the court that I’m not this guy that’s on paper. [What I did] was a mistake,” Wilson told the judge.
This latest incident occurred on Monday outside of The Hamptons apartment complex in the 1300 block of Avon Lane. Wilson blocked a sidewalk in the area with his 1996 Cadillac, sources say. An officer on the scene checked Wilson’s license plate numbers as Wilson was pulling away from the scene, and the numbers allegedly came back as being registered to a different vehicle. The officer pulled Wilson’s vehicle over and reportedly learned that the former football player did not have a valid registration and that his insurance card had expired.
The officer placed Wilson under arrest for traffic related-charges and searched his Cadillac. Inside the car, the officer reportedly found a loaded handgun, two loaded handgun cartridges, a baggie containing marijuana, another bag containing cocaine, 19 oxycodone pills, and a digital scale. The officer added the additional charges following the discoveries.
Wilson was not the only South Florida man booked into jail on drug trafficking charges following a traffic stop this past week. Linton L. Harris of Miramar was arrested Monday after over 50 pounds of marijuana were discovered in his vehicle following a traffic stop, reports say. Harris, 54, was booked into the Lee County Jail on charges of drug trafficking. It is unclear whether he qualified for bail or hired legal representation.
Reports say this is not Harris’s first arrest. FDLE records show that officers arrested Harris in 1985 for aggravated assault with a weapon and again in 1995 on charges of child neglect. It is unclear whether a prosecution found Harris guilty on those charges or whether he spent any time in jail.
According to reports, the incident occurred on Monday when an officer pulled Harris’s van over on Interstate 75 for a tinted window and seatbelt violation. The officer asked to search Harris’s vehicle and Harris consented, reports say. During the search, the officer found an estimated 52 pounds of marijuana inside the van.