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By Gretchen McPherson
Ledger Staff 

Walnut Hill stop nets spice


December 12, 2019

A Walnut Hill, Fla. woman with outstanding arrest warrants is facing one county felony drug possession and other charges following a traffic stop last Thursday.

Frances Dorena Jernigan, 60, 5771 Dortch Road, was sitting at the drive up window in a gold Isuzu Rodeo at Gillies Convenience Store at the intersection of Highway 90 and Highway 4 Dec. 5, when law enforcement recognized her from previous encounters and as having outstanding warrants for failure to appear and a suspended driver's license, according to an Escambia County Sheriff's office report.

The deputy made contact with Jernigan and placed her in handcuffs, placing her under arrest for an outstanding warrant, the report said.

Another deputy arrived on scene to assist, and Jernigan requested the officers respond to her residence and turn off heaters and secure her residence before she went to jail, to keep it from catching fire.

The deputies responded to Jernigan's residence to secure it when upon exit, one officer advised he had discovered in plain view, a plastic baggie containing a green leafy substance, later determined to be synthetic cannabis, or spice, which weighed 12 grams, the report said.

Jernigan was cited for no tag attached to her vehicle, arrested and charged with two misdemeanor traffic violations and one count felony possession of a controlled substance without a prescription. She was transported to Escambia County Jail and given a bond of $3,000.


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