Traffic stop leads to arrest

OKLOOSA COUNTY, Fla., March 22, 2021—An Alabama man was arrested this weekend for marijuana and firearm possessions.

Bryce Landrus Berry

Arrested was Bryce Landrus Berry, 25, for possession of firearms by a convicted felon, possession of a firearm in commission of a felony and possession of marijuana over 20 grams.

A Florida Highway Patrol Criminal Interdiction Unit was patrolling Okaloosa County March 19 on State Road 293 when the trooper saw a southbound black Chrysler 300 cruising 75 in a 55-mph zone, according to an FHP news release.

After stopping the car, the trooper discovered the car was a rental, but not rented to Berry.

When Berry opened the glove compartment for the rental agreement, the trooper saw a large sum of cash rubber-banded together.

Berry’s story about the rental changed from his cousin renting the car for him to a friend renting it to take his daughter on vacation, according to the release.

The rental company, once contacted, requested the vehicle be towed due to a violation of the rental agreement.

While waiting for the tow truck, the trooper asked about the money he saw in the glove compartment. Berry stated he was unaware he had that much money with him and could not provide any documentation for it, according to the news release.

When queried about any other illegal items in the car, Berry told the trooper he had a firearm in the center console and in the rear console. He also said he had marijuana in a backpack in the trunk.

A background check revealed Berry had multiple previous felony convictions, including possession of drugs and firearm offenses.

At that point, the trooper conducted a probable cause search and found a Glock 19X handgun in the front console, an FN 5.7 handgun in the rear console and a black backpack with four small bags containing approximately 30 grams of what appeared to be marijuana.

The glove box contained $45,000 in cash.

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