News Release (April 13, 2018)
Major David Harper of the Madison County Sheriff’s Office reports that on Thursday, April 12, 2018, at 1:32 p.m., Staff Sergeant Jason Whitfield conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle driven by James Benjamin Ware at the intersection of Safari Drive and Merritt Avenue for committing a traffic violation. While speaking with Ware, Staff Sergeant Whitfield detected the odor of Marijuana coming from inside the vehicle.
Staff Sergeant Whitfield requested routine assistance from Deputy Marcus Holbrook and his Canine partner Axel. While conducting a probable cause search of the vehicle, the deputies located residual marijuana and a loaded .38 caliber revolver under the driver seat.
Ware denied owning the handgun stating he was a convicted felon. Deputies were able to confirm the statement made by Ware and placed him under arrest without incident.
At the time of the arrest, Ware was out of jail on a $7,000.00 bond resulting from his arrest on Tuesday, April 10, 2018, by Madison County Sheriff’s Office Drug Task Force Investigators for Trafficking in MDMA (Ecstasy) and Possession of Cocaine.
James Benjamin Ware
Madison, FL 32340
1. Possess Firearm / Concealed Weapon / Convicted Felon