Key Largo – Deputies on routine patrol stopped a vehicle which was driving with it’s headlights off. They found a large amount of marijuana inside.
Deputy Bryan Cross and Sgt. Jason Madnick saw the gold colored Suburban turn onto the highway from a side street near the 97 mile marker at 1 a.m. The vehicle did not have its headlights on. As the car passed the two patrol cars, the driver turned on his vehicle’s lights. Deputy Cross decided to pull the vehicle over to make sure the driver was all right.
As Deputy Cross approached the car, he heard something hit the ground on the passenger side, as if it was thrown from the window. Sgt. Madnick recovered a glass smoking pipe on that side of the vehicle. On the floorboards in the back of the Suburban, Deputy Cross spotted a bud of Marijuana. Sticking out from under the rear passenger seat was a plastic bag with 74 grams of marijuana inside. In the rear passenger’s pocket was another plastic bag with 14 grams of marijuana inside. He also had $604 in cash in his pockets, which was seized.
19 year old Daniel Ospina of Tavernier, was arrested for possession of marijuana after admitting all the marijuana was his. The front passenger, 19 year old Kevin Henry of Tavernier, admitted the pipe was his so he was issued a notice to appear in court for possession of drug paraphernalia. The driver, 19 year old Erdel Yanes of Plantation Key, was issued a warning for driving without headlights.