Marianna traffic stop leads to drug arrest

The Marianna Police Department says it arrested two men, Carlos Rodriguez and Francisco...
The Marianna Police Department says it arrested two men, Carlos Rodriguez and Francisco Velazquez, after an officer conducted a traffic stop for his failure to stop at a stop sign.(Marianna Police Department)
Published: Sep. 19, 2022 at 11:40 AM EDT
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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) - The Marianna Police Department says it arrested two men after an officer conducted a traffic stop for their failure to stop at a stop sign.

The press release states that once the officer made contact with the driver, he immediately detected a strong odor of marijuana emitting from the vehicle. The officer then asked the driver and passenger to exit the vehicle for a probable cause search.

As the officer searched the vehicle, he located a loaded 9mm handgun lying on the floor in the rear passenger compartment.

The officer also located a clear bag of suspected marijuana and a black wallet in the glove compartment.

Seven plastic baggies were located inside the wallet. One baggie contained a pill later identified as Oxycodone, a controlled substance. The other six baggies contained .5 grams of white powder that eventually tested positive for cocaine.

There was also an El Salvadorian identification card belonging to Carlos Rodriguez in the black wallet. Rodriguez was determined to be the passenger, as well as the registered owner of the vehicle.

A black suitcase was found as the officer searched the vehicle’s trunk. Inside the suitcase was a plastic Tupperware container containing 29.9 grams of suspected marijuana, which was later found positive for THC.

Upon further search, the officer found a black garbage bag with a clear zip-lock bag containing a large amount of crystal-like substance, later identified as approximately 444 grams of methamphetamine.

The driver, Francisco Velazquez, and passenger, Carlos Rodriguez, were arrested.

Francisco Velazquez was charged with driving with no valid driver’s license.

Carlos Rodriquez was charged with the following offenses:

  • Possession of a firearm in the commission of a felony
  • Trafficking Methamphetamine over 400 grams
  • Possession of Cocaine
  • Possession of Controlled Substance
  • Possession of Greater than 20 grams of Marijuana.