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Man facing drug charges after unusual traffic stop

A man was arrested on Jan. 5 after a police traffic stop on Highway 29 led to Florida Highway Patrol officers discovering methamphetamine, cocaine, spice and other controlled substances in the man's car. The man's white Cadillac sedan began to attract attention when it remained stopped at a traffic light on the highway after the signal turned green. Cars began to move around the vehicle on all sides, and the car was beginning to obstruct traffic.

The officers claimed that they observed unspecified criminal activity when they saw the driver in the vehicle. However, when a police officer moved to speak to the 33-year-old man, they say that he began to move the vehicle into drive. Police then surrounded the vehicle and the man was arrested and taken into custody. Following this incident, police searched the car. There, they say they found 56.3 grams of methamphetamine, 5.2 grams of cocaine, 62.4 grams of spice, 60 pills of different types and other form of drug paraphernalia. Spice is a controlled substance that is often referred to as synthetic marijuana.

The man was accused of a number of drug charges, including possession of cocaine and methamphetamine with intent to sell, possession of a firearm in commission of a felony, possession of a controlled substance, marijuana possession, possession of a harmful new legend drug, driving without a license and resisting arrest. He was also given traffic citations for having an open container, obstructing traffic and seat belt violations.

Drug charges can have a serious effect on a person's life in Florida, especially in case of a conviction. People may face serious consequences, including jail time, large fines and a felony criminal record. An experienced attorney can often help people accused of drug offenses to mount a strong defense to the allegations.

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