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Troopers find kilo of cocaine, $40,000 during traffic stop in Pasco

WESLEY CHAPEL — 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, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.

The trooper stopped Marcus A. Torres-Perez, 30, about 3:30 p.m. Monday "for illegal window tint and following too closely," according to the FHP report. 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. Records indicate he is a U.S. citizen who was born in Puerto Rico.

He remained Thursday at the Land O'Lakes jail in lieu of $120,000 bail.

Troopers find kilo of cocaine, $40,000 during traffic stop in Pasco 09/02/10 [Last modified: Thursday, September 2, 2010 1:49pm]
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