Summerfield man jailed after drugs and gun found in vehicle

Matao Moses Pacheco

An 18-year-old Summerfield man was arrested after drugs and a loaded handgun were found in a bag he was sitting next to in the back seat of a vehicle.

Matao Moses Pacheco, of 16575 SE 99th Ave., was charged early Monday with possession of a controlled substance without a prescription.

A Marion County sheriff’s deputy was investigating an incident at a residence on SE 166th Place at around 2 a.m. Monday when he observed a silver Honda Accord parked with its parking lights on, occupied by three males, in the front yard of Pacheco’s address. The deputy made contact with the occupants and smelled the odor of marijuana coming from inside the vehicle, according to the sheriff’s office report.

Based on the odor of marijuana, the deputy searched the vehicle and found a small black Nike bag on the floor of the rear seat, where Pacheco was sitting. The bag contained a loaded Ruger LC9 9mm handgun and a clear plastic bag with two pink round tablets and two green round tables that all field-tested positive for MDMA/Ecstasy, the report said.

When asked if he had any contraband on his person, Pacheco said no at first, but then admitted he had marijuana in his shoe and removed two green leafy buds. Pacheco said he was not sure who the bag with the gun and drugs belonged to, even though it was at his feet, according to the report.

Pacheco was taken to the Marion County Jail, where he was released Tuesday on $2,000 bond. No court date was set.