A Ruskin woman is facing several felony drug charges after Florida Highway Patrol troopers say they discovered several pounds of cocaine in her vehicle.
The 27-year-old woman was stopped on Interstate 75 in Sumter County last week by troopers for allegedly driving in a vehicle with illegally-tinted windows. Upon approaching the woman’s red 2016 Dodge Journey, troopers say she seemed nervous, prompting them to investigate further.
Drug-sniffing dogs were summoned, and troopers say the canines alerted them to the drugs from an exterior sniff. With this probable cause in hand, troopers initiated a search of the vehicle. They say the search was lucrative indeed, as it yielded 26-1/2 pounds of cocaine, which troopers say could fetch as much as $1.2 million in the black market. The arresting officers say the large amount of cocaine was ferreted away in the dashboard and within other empty spots around the vehicle.
The suspect was arrested on the spot and transported to the Sumter County Jail. She was booked on cocaine possession, cocaine possession with intent to sell, cocaine trafficking, and operating a drug house. She continues to be held pending a bond of $158,000.
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