Sunday, May 20, 2018
Public safety

Man crashes car while trafficking drugs, troopers say

LUTZ — The Toyota Scion shot down State Road 54 Wednesday morning, dodging other cars and riding bumpers as it went, until it veered off the roadway near Hailey Lane and rolled onto its roof.

Witnesses stopped and pulled Jeremy Earle Grove, 23, from the driver's seat. He seemed to disregard any injuries he might have had. Instead, reached into his upside-down car and began pulling out packages and envelopes.

"These can't get wet," he would tell a Florida Highway Patrol trooper on the scene, according to a report. "They are important."

Trooper Paul Rawald noticed the envelopes were labeled Kangaroo Companies and addressed to places all over the country. When Rawald asked for Grove's license, Grove told him it had been suspended in Washington state. A computer search showed Grove had a warrant out of Hillsborough County.

Rawald handcuffed Grove. The trooped palpated the five envelopes and felt what seemed like pills. Three of the envelopes held Xanax, the report states. One carried hydrocodone and in the fifth was LSD.

Grove was arrested on five counts of drug paraphernalia, four counts of possession of a controlled substance, two counts of possessing drugs with intent to sell, a count of drug trafficking, driving with a suspended license, no valid license and reckless driving.

Grove, of 16228 Saint Michelle Court in Tampa, remained in Land O'Lakes jail Thursday in lieu of $184,000 bail.

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