April 21, 2013

Traffic stop leads to drug charges

Key Largo – A traffic stop early today led to the arrest of a Tavernier man on drug charges.

Deputy Pedro Garcia was at the 108 mile marker at 1:30 a.m. when he spotted a car southbound with the tag light and one tail light out. He stopped the car at the 106 mile marker.

He recognized the driver, 35 year old Luis Estevez from a previous traffic stop and knew he did not have a valid driver’s license. Estevez was arrested. He was charged with driving his  license suspended. A check of his record revealed he had six prior convictions for the same offense.

Deputy Garcia could smell the odor of marijuana in the vehicle. A search turned up a small amount of marijuana in the center console. He also found a plastic bag with 15 grams of Cocaine inside, along with a metal spoon and a syringe – items commonly used to ingest drugs.

Estevez was further charged with possession of cocaine, marijuana and drug paraphernalia. He was booked into jail.

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