March 4, 2014

Speeding leads to drug charges

A Long Key man is in jail on drug charges after he was stopped for speeding early today.

Sgt. Sydney Whitehouse was on patrol at 2 a.m. at the 99.5 mile marker of the highway, southbound when he spotted a white Dodge minivan traveling over the speed limit. He pulled the vehicle over at the 97 mile marker.

The driver, Eric Rodriguez Campos admitted he knew his license was suspended. In fact a check on it revealed several suspensions and a cancellation of the license in November. Campos was arrested and charged with driving with a suspended license.

A digital scale with cocaine residue was found in one of his pants pockets. A search of his vehicle prior to it being towed turned up a can of Brake Parts Cleaner with a false bottom. Hidden inside the false bottom was a plastic bag containing 15 grams of powdered cocaine.

Campos was further charged with possession of cocaine and drug paraphernalia. He was booked into jail.

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