Marathon – The smell of marijuana emanating from a car at a Marathon convenience store led to three drug arrests Monday.
Deputies Nicholis Whiteman and Christian Galls were walking in to a convenience store near 15th Street in Marathon at 7:30 p.m. when they smelled marijuana coming from a silver colored sport utility vehicle. Two people were in the backseat of the vehicle; two others were in the store.
The deputies approached the vehicle and asked the occupants about the smell. They admitted to smoking marijuana as the were driving, but said they discarded the remains of the marijuana cigarette before stopping at the store. The two people in the store were asked to come outside and they, too, admitted to smoking marijuana. All four denied any more drugs were in the vehicle. A plastic bag of marijuana was found on the ground, at the feet of one of the men from inside the store.
Deputy Danielle Malone and her dog, Tracer responded to the store. The dog was walked around the vehicle and alerted on it, indicating the presence of drugs inside. A search revealed a marijuana “blunt” made by wrapping marijuana with a cigar wrapper. It was found on the floorboards in back; a grinder was also found, and, wrapped in a pair of shorts in the front deputies found 18 grams of powdered cocaine which the front seat passenger said belonged to him. He also had a large amount of cash in his possession.
Three of the four in the car were arrested. 28 year old Reza Adili of Southwest Ranches, Florida was charged with possession of cocaine and drug paraphernalia. He was also charged with an outstanding warrant from Broward County for violation of probation. 29 year old Christopher Bogdan of Hollywood, Florida was charged with possession of marijuana and 29 year old James Lixie of Cooper City, Florida was charged with possession of marijuana and tampering with evidence. $4,644.00 in cash was seized for possible forfeiture. All three were booked into jail.