Traffic stop yields drugs and cash

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Drugs and drug paraphernalia are found when Crestview Police made a traffic stop June 22. (Crestview Police Department)

CRESTVIEW, Fla., June 25, 2018–A DeFuniak Springs man was arrested on multiple narcotics charges June 22.

Two written warnings for running Crestview stop signs were the least of a DeFuniak Springs resident’s problems following a Friday evening traffic stop on Aplin Road, according to the Crestview Police Department.

Christopher Michael Driver, 30, was arrested on multiple narcotics charges when an assortment of drugs was found in his car.

Driver

Christopher Michael Driver

Driver was charged with unlawful possession or selling of a controlled substance, unlawful possession of a controlled substance without a prescription and possession or use of drug paraphernalia.

After a Crestview Police investigator stopped Driver  for failing to stop at two stop signs, the stop changed from a traffic violation to a narcotics stop.

“As soon as I got up to the car, I smelled it,” said K9 Officer Nate Marlar of a “distinct order of marijuana emanating from the vehicle.”

Cash

More than $800 in cash was found during the traffic stop. (CPD)

According to Marlar, the smell was so strong, he didn’t need his K9 partner, Kody.

A search of Driver and the vehicle found:

  • $862 in cash
  • 7 grams of cocaine
  • 162.3 grams (more than one-third pound) of marijuana
  • 10.8 grams of suspected MDMA, also known as ecstasy
  • 1.2 grams of diazepam pills (also known as Valium)
  • Several containers of suspected of THC oil
  • Narcotic paraphernalia including scales and plastic baggies

The suspected cocaine and marijuana yielded positive results when tested.

Driver is being held on $14,000 bond.

“We are putting big dents in this drug trade stuff,” Marler said.

Crestview Police Department release

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