FHP arrests two on drug trafficking charges

By: Fletcher Keel | WCTV Eyewitness News
February 6, 2019

COLUMBIA COUNTY, Fla. (WCTV) -- The Florida Highway Patrol has arrested two people after a K-9 alerted troopers to the presence of drugs in a vehicle on Interstate 75 Tuesday afternoon.

FHP says a traffic stop was conducted on a blue Honda after a trooper observed the driver of the vehicle, 23-year-old Edward Martinez, of North Carolina, hindering the normal flow of traffic in the left lane on I-75 south.

Officials say during the stop, a K-9 alerted troopers to the smell of drugs and a search was initiated. During the search, three kilos of crystal meth and one-fourth kilo of heroin were found in the vehicle.

Both Martinez and a passenger, 25-year-old Alejandro Angles-Morales, also of North Carolina, were arrested and booked into the Columbia County Jail.

Both are facing charges of possession and trafficking in meth and heroin, drug smuggling and possession of drug equipment.

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