Florida police arrest numerous people every year on suspicion of drug trafficking. Trafficking drugs of any kind, including cocaine, marijuana or heroin, is a serious offense that requires a serious defense.
Recently, state police have come to believe a larger drug trafficking operation may be afoot after what appeared to be a regular traffic stop. In August of this year, the police pulled over a 21-year-old man. The stop took a turn when police discovered other items in the vehicle that suggested the man took part in trafficking, although it is unclear if the man operated independently or worked within a larger group.
On August 12th, police pulled over the man in question for speeding. The driver provided the police with a valid driver’s license and stated the car he had was a rental, but he had permission from a friend to use it. The man said he needed to pick up his sister in Detroit, and it was at this point that the cops noticed the odor of marijuana emanating from the vehicle. The driver’s defense to this accusation was that he briefly picked up another person who smelled like marijuana, but the cops did not buy it.
The police used trained dogs that seemed to indicate the odor came from the dash vent and glove compartment. When the police inspected the glove compartment, they discovered a loaded gun. At this point, the police arrested the man for having possession of a concealed weapon in the car.
The police continued to inspect the vehicle. Several areas of the interior carpet had staples, and the cops ended up discovering a container in the trunk that held $890 in cash. The police did not discover any additional contraband, but due to the nature of the scene, namely the existence of a gun, cash and the smell of illegal drugs, they suspected trafficking transpired.