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Yield from traffic stop in Wesley Chapel: Cocaine, $40,000 in cash and an arrest


Traffic Stop Yields Cocaine, $40K in Cash

An Orlando man pulled over on a traffic stop was arrested after a trooper discovered about $40,000 in cash and a kilo of cocaine in the car, the Florida Highway Patrol said. The trooper stopped Marcus A. Torres-Perez, 30, about 3:30 p.m. Monday "for illegal window tint and following too closely," the FHP report said. Torres-Perez was on State Road 56, just east of Interstate 75. The trooper wrote that he smelled "a strong odor of raw marijuana" when he approached the car. Torres-Perez "appeared very nervous and gave conflicting trip plans," the trooper wrote. A police dog indicated drugs were in the car, and a search of Torres-Perez turned up 22 grams of marijuana in his shirt pocket, the report said. A small black bag under the front passenger seat had about $20,000 in cash, the report said. Troopers found the gold Ford Taurus had been modified with an electronically operated compartment in the dash. They opened that compartment and found another $20,000 in cash plus a kilo of cocaine in a vacuum-sealed bag, the report said. Torres-Perez was charged with trafficking of cocaine, possession of cocaine with intent to distribute, possession of marijuana and felony drug paraphernalia, and money laundering. He remained Thursday at the Land O'Lakes jail in lieu of $120,000 bail.


Bike race to close downtown streets

Several downtown streets will be shut down Saturday as bicyclists compete in the first-ever GearLink Cup. Organizers with GearLink Racing, a local cycling group that is part of USA Cycling, hope to draw between 300 and 400 racers. Cyclists will compete in different events staggered throughout the day. The course will go south on Bank Street, east on Nebraska Avenue, north on Adams Street, west on Central Avenue and around Circle Boulevard. Races start at 8 a.m., and the event is free to spectators. For information, visit


Cinema 6 marks first anniversary

Cinema 6, which reopened last year under new ownership, is celebrating its first anniversary this weekend with movie and concession specials, giveaways and carnival games. Admission is $1.50 Saturday, Sunday and Monday. Members of the military, firefighters or law enforcement officials can get in for $1. Water, hotdogs and small popcorn boxes also will be available for $1. The theater is at 9510 U.S. 19, just north of Embassy Boulevard.

Yield from traffic stop in Wesley Chapel: Cocaine, $40,000 in cash and an arrest 09/02/10 [Last modified: Thursday, September 2, 2010 9:05pm]
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