January 13, 2015

Traffic stop leads to trafficking in cocaine arrests

After two men in a sport utility vehicle passed Deputy Thomas Hill on U. S. One in Marathon Monday at 10 p.m. he pulled them over speeding. They wound up in jail for a large amount of cocaine found in their vehicle.

Deputy Hill first noticed the 2014 red Dodge Journey as it tailgated his unmarked patrol car southbound at 53rd Street. It then passed him and he measured its speed at 52 in a 45 mile per hour zone. He pulled it over.

When the driver rolled down the window, the deputy saw a gun on the floorboards between the driver’s feet. He called for backup. Sgt. Chuck Kellenberger arrived and the officers removed the two men from inside the vehicle. The gun was a loaded Sig Sauer 9mm handgun.

In plain view in the car, the officers found 38 grams of cocaine – both crack and the powdered form of the drug. The cocaine was packaged in individual bags, as if for sale.

The driver, 32 year old Micheller Cenatus of Stock Island and the passenger, 27 year old Whendid Estinfil of Miami were both arrested and charged with trafficking in cocaine. Cenatus was also charged with possession of cocaine after a small amount was found in his pocket and with possession of a weapon while committing a felony. Estinfil initially gave the officers a false name. He was correctly identified by his fingerprints when he reached the jail. A check on his real name revealed three felony warrants from Miami-Dade County. He was further charged with those warrants and with giving the officers a false name.

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