A man who is on probation for drug crimes was allegedly caught with 50 grams of fentanyl and several other substances when the driver of a car he was in was pulled over.
On September 16, a 28-year-old from Vero Beach was a passenger seated in the back of a vehicle when the driver allegedly ran a stop sign.
The alleged failure to stop was spotted by officers from the Vero Beach Police Department, and they performed a traffic stop.
While the police were interacting with the driver, they noticed that the man in the back seat was fumbling with a black bag. The man reportedly kept putting his hand inside the satchel.
The officers became suspicious of the man’s alleged activity, and they decided to find out what was inside the bag.
When he was identified, the police found out that the man is on probation for prior drug charges with a requirement that he allows law enforcement to search him whenever they ask.
According to reports, the officers took the bag from the man and looked inside.
They reported that they found pills, a substance assumed to be methamphetamine, a large amount of what was believed to be fentanyl, and paraphernalia asserted to be used for smoking meth.
When the substances were tested, the reports noted that they found approximately 35 pills, close to a gram and a half of meth, 50 grams of fentanyl, pipes with methamphetamine residue, and a digital scale.
The suspect was taken into custody and booked into the Indian River County Jail. He is currently expected to face charges of trafficking in a controlled substance (fentanyl), two counts of possession of a controlled substance without a prescription, and possession of drug paraphernalia. It was reported that additional charges may be added.
Though he is listed as unemployed on his jail record, he is being held in lieu of a $171,000 bond.
If you or someone you love is suspected of a drug offense, contact Orange County criminal defense lawyer Staycie R. Sena at (949) 477-8088 for a consultation now.