Thursday, January 18, 2018
Public safety

Two Riverview residents charged with marijuana trafficking

RIVERVIEW — Hillsborough sheriff's deputies arrested two Riverview residents on charges of marijuana trafficking in a bust on Saturday that netted 50 pounds of pot worth $65,000.

Deputies arrested Emory Lawson, 25, of 13210 Prestwick Drive, Riverview, and Amy Ubinas, 22, who lived at the same address.

In addition to the trafficking charge, Lawson was charged with possession of marijuana with intent to sell, possession of drug paraphernalia, operating a drug house, burglary, fleeing and eluding and reckless driving.

Deputies "developed information" that Lawson was distributing marijuana, the Sheriff's Office said. They saw him leave his home driving a 1999 Lexus carrying a green bag. Deputies tried to stop him, but Lawson fled with the bag, eventually tossing it, they said.

Lawson was found hiding in a shed on Butler Wood Circle with $12,497 in cash on him, deputies said. A police dog found the green bag, but the Sheriff's Office did not say what it contained.

Back at Lawson's home, Ubinas gave deputies permission to search, deputies said. That's when they found the 50 pounds of marijuana in three duffle bags in their bedroom, they said.

The marijuana was packaged in 62 baggies, ready to sell, deputies said.

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