~ Drugs found in traffic stop valued at $1.5M ~
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – In May, Florida Highway Patrol (FHP) Troopers and the FHP Criminal Interdiction Unit (CIU) conducted a traffic stop when a tractor-trailer car hauler was driving dangerously and following too closely on Interstate 75. During the stop, a FHP K-9 unit became alerted to the presence of narcotics. Troopers conducted a search of the vehicle, resulting in the seizure of approximately 170 pounds of illegal marijuana, which has a street value of over $1.5 million.
“FHP is committed to interrupting drug trafficking activities on Florida’s highways which was evident during this traffic stop,” said Colonel Gene Spaulding, Director of the Florida Highway Patrol. “Through aggressive education and patrol, the FHP is dedicated to stopping the illegal flow of drugs into our communities.”
During the traffic stop, troopers at the scene detected a strong odor of raw marijuana coming from several boxes and duffel bags. The driver denied any knowledge of the contraband within the vehicle and was placed under arrest and transported to the Alachua County Jail.