Deputies arrested an Islamorada man who had a large quantity of marijuana after a report he was driving recklessly.
Deputy Luis Gomez was at the 78 mile marker of the highway dealing with a disabled vehicle at 4:30 p.m. when dispatchers received a report of a reckless driver in a red van at the 76 mile marker northbound. Deputy Gomez spotted the van, got behind it and saw it cross the with line on the side of the road several times.
When he pulled the van over, he approached the driver, identified as 60 year old Steven Andrews of Islamorada. Deputy Gomez smelled the distinct odor of marijuana coming from the van, so he asked Andrews for permission to look inside the van for weapons or drugs.
Andrews denied having either drugs or weapons, and gave the deputy permission. Inside of a backpack Deputy Gomez found plastic bags filled with marijuana. As he found the marijuana, Andrews said, “I can’t believe you checked. Cops always ask to check bur they never do!” He then asked Deputy Gomez to “help him out” and to let him throw the drugs away. He said some of it was his and some he was delivering to a friend of his. He told the deputy if he was arrested, he would lose his new job.
Gomez arrested Andrews. The marijuana, which was packaged in eight separate bags, weighed a total of 163 grams. He was charged with possession of a felony amount of marijuana, possession of marijuana with intent to deliver. He was booked into jail.