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Traffic Stop Leads to Drug Arrest

Confiscated contrabandTrooper J.R. Moore stopped a white Nissan for speeding Feb. 3, and by using the driver license database, Moore was able to determine the driver was providing a false name.

Moore used his Rapid ID device and identified the Tampa-based driver. A record check revealed the driver’s license was suspended, and he had an active warrant for his arrest out of Hillsborough County.

As Moore interacted with the driver, the trooper noticed a distinct odor of marijuana coming from the vehicle. The trooper searched the car and found a 2.5-pound brick of cocaine, tightly wrapped in a backpack in the trunk. Moore also discovered a quarter ounce of marijuana stashed in a plastic bag, concealed within the driver’s sock.

The driver was charged with driving with a suspended license, providing a false name, possession of cocaine with the intent to distribute and marijuana possession. He faces up to 30 years in a state prison if convicted of the cocaine possession charge and 15 years for felony possession with intent to distribute.