A Belleview woman was arrested Monday afternoon in Ocala after a member of the Unified Drug Enforcement Strike Team (UDEST) working a narcotics enforcement detail realized she was driving on a suspended license.
The strike team member was patrolling near Osceola Middle School on NE Tuscawilla Avenue when he saw a red Ford SUV drive by. A computer check on the vehicle’s tag showed that the registered owner had a suspended license and the tag was to be seized, a UDEST report says.
A short time later, a Marion County Sheriff’s deputy stopped the SUV in the parking lot of the Sunoco gas station at 10251 SE Hwy. 441 in Belleview. The vehicle’s driver, 30-year-old Ashleigh Lynn Pintor, immediately told the deputy that she had a suspended license, so she was placed in handcuffs.
During a search of Pintor’s vehicle before it was towed, the strike team member found a small lady’s wallet inside the center console that contained a balled-up paper towel with an orange prescription pill that was identified as Buprenorphine, a schedule 3 controlled substance. Pintor said she forgot the pill was in her purse and she didn’t have a prescription for it, the report says.
A check showed that Pintor’s license was suspended on April 4, 2011 and again on Feb. 13, 2014, for failure to pay traffic fines. She was taken into custody and transported to the Marion County Jail.
Pintor was charged with possession of a controlled substance (Buprenorphine) without a prescription and driving with a suspended license (third offense). She was released Monday night on $4,000 bond.
Pintor is no stranger to the Marion County legal system, having been housed in the jail four times since June 2014. Her charges have included dealing in stolen property, retail petit theft, possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of heroin and probation violations.
UDEST is an initiative of the North Florida High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area. It is comprised of local, state and federal law enforcement from the Ocala Police Department, the Marion County Sheriff’s Office, Florida Department of Law Enforcement, Drug Enforcement Administration and Department of Homeland Security.