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$1 million dollars worth of marijuana is a lot

When a Florida police officer pulls someone over in traffic, it is typically best if that person does his or her best to cooperate and fully comply with the officer's request to stop. Otherwise, additional problems may quickly arise. A 51-year-old man recently experienced this, and is now facing numerous criminal charges, including some that involve marijuana, when authorities say he was initially pulled over for illegally tinted window.

Officers say the urgency of the situation escalated when, instead of carefully pulling over and stopping upon request, the motorist accelerated and sped off. Moments later, he reportedly pulled off the road, got out of his vehicle and took off running into the woods. Law enforcement authorities in Lee County say they found approximately $1 million worth of marijuana in his car.

Florida Highway Patrol and the local sheriff's office launched an immediate search for the person who had been driving the vehicle at the time. It was just nearing 3 p.m. on a recent Wednesday when the entire situation unfolded. Not long after police had attempted the traffic stop, they say they located the man in question and placed him under arrest.

He now faces charges for marijuana trafficking, eluding Florida law enforcement officers and resistance. Such charges often carry severe penalties under conviction. In the past, many charged with similar crimes have successfully mitigated their circumstances by asking experienced criminal attorneys to defend them in court. This is generally the best way to increase one's chances of achieving a favorable result.

Source: winknews.com, "Lee County traffic stop leads to $1M drug bust", March 1, 2017

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