Wednesday, August 22, 2007

Miami Police Catch Man with Garbage Bags Full of Weed

The Frat Boy News Daily Pause for the Cause

University of Miami (compiled by

A 23-year-old man was arrested near the University of Miami early Tuesday after troopers from the Florida Highway Patrol said he blew through a toll without paying and was then found to have three garbage bags full of marijuana in the trunk of his car.

Around 12:15 a.m. Christian Garcia was traveling east on Interstate 75 in a dark colored sedan when a trooper witnessed him drive through a toll plaza without paying, according to an arrest report. When the trooper pulled Garcia over, he appeared extremely nervous and his hands were shaking, authorities said.

The trooper immediately noticed a green, leafy substance on Garcia’s lap, but he denied having illegal drugs in the car, the arrest report said. Garcia told the deputy he had been eating a sandwich.

The trooper learned that Garcia’s license had been suspended for refusing to submit to a breath test in early August, the arrest report said. Garcia then gave the trooper permission to search his car.

Inside the car the trooper found green, leafy buds that smelled like marijuana on the driver’s seat, on the floorboard and in the center counsel. The trooper also found cigarette rolling papers and a stack of $20 and $100 bills in the car, authorities said.

When the trooper opened the trunk, he found three large, black garbage bags that smelled of marijuana sealed with zip ties, the arrest report said. When he cut open one of the garbage bags, it contained several individually wrapped bags of marijuana.

Garcia was arrested on the charges of possession of marijuana over 20 grams, marijuana possession with intent to sell, marijuana trafficking, driving with a suspended license and possession of drug paraphernalia.

The garbage bags were inventoried and were found to contain 73 bags of marijuana, each containing about a half pound of raw marijuana. The total weight was 36.5 pounds, the arrest report said.

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