A man who was stopped for allegedly driving a stolen car was reportedly found carrying drugs and $1200, leading the authorities to believe that he was selling the product.
Tallahassee police were patrolling when they spotted a car that they believed matched the description of an automobile that had been reported as stolen. The officers pulled over the vehicle and as they approached they noted that there was a driver and a passenger inside.
Both of the men were cuffed while the officers inspected the vehicle, and the police allegedly discovered a backpack and drug paraphernalia that they said was predominately on the passenger side.
Because the items were found on the side of the car that he was seated, the passenger, 32-year-old Barry Jackson, was subjected to a search of the contents on his person. The police allegedly found 21.7 grams of what they believe was Flakka, a synthetic cathinone drug closely related to “bath salts,” which causes the user to experience feelings similar to stimulant drugs such as cocaine and amphetamines. Flakka is currently classified as a Schedule I substance by the United States Drug Enforcement Agency.
The officers have alleged that Jackson stated that the car was a rental and was not, to his knowledge, a stolen vehicle. He was additionally reported as stating that the substance that he was carrying and the items inside the car were his possessions, but that they were his personal stash.
Jackson is facing charges of possession of paraphernalia, and drug trafficking of Flakka, and he was jailed in the county detention center.
If you or someone you love is suspected of a drug crime, contact Orange County criminal defense lawyer Staycie R. Sena at (949) 477-8088 for a consultation now.