[PHOTO CREDIT: Lake County Sheriff’s Office]
[Original Publish Date: 08/04/20]
TAVARES, Florida — A Daytona Beach man already facing numerous charges added two more July 25 when a Lake County Sheriff’s Office detention deputy spotted him removing a piece of a glove containing Xanax from his anus and attempting to swallow it, according to an arrest affidavit.
Around 3:30 p.m. July 25, an LCSO deputy observed Stephan Dale Wahl, 38, driving recklessly around U.S. Highway 441 and County Road 44B in Mount Dora. The deputy activated his emergency lights and Wahl slowed the Dodge Ram he was driving almost to a complete stop, according to the affidavit. Other deputies arrived and Wahl took off at a high rate of speed, nearly hitting other vehicles.
Deputies began canvassing U.S. Highway 441 and found the Dodge Ram parked behind an abandoned building at 11225 West Burleigh Boulevard, Tavares, the affidavit states. A deputy saw Wahl digging into the ground and putting items into a black box, and when the deputy announced himself, Wahl allegedly attempted to throw the box under the building. Deputies found the box and it contained gloves with sealed off tips, along with gloves missing the tips. The sealed gloves contained 159 Xanax pills, according to the affidavit. Wahl denied the box was his and “spontaneously uttered” the Xanax pills were not his. Wahl was charged with fleeing and eluding, possession of Xanax and driving with a suspended license and was transported to the Lake County Jail.
Later that same evening, after being booked into LCJ, Wahl was in the shower around 10:45 p.m. when a detention deputy saw, “a blue object, which appeared to be a latex glove protruding out of inmate Wahl’s anus,” the affidavit states.
Wahl was placed into a cell for observation and observed pulling the blue object out of his anus and attempting to swallow it. Detention deputies prevented Wahl from swallowing the piece of the glove and found multiple Xanax pills inside. He was charged with possession of a controlled substance and introduction of contraband into a correctional facility. Wahl was also charged with violation of probation stemming from a 2019 Volusia County felony case. He is being held on no bond.
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