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Florida man arrested at traffic stop on drug charges

A Florida teen was arrested on April 24 after he was stopped by police at the corner of Aplin Road and State Road 85 in Crestview. When authorities stopped the vehicle for a red light violation, they smelled a strong marijuana scent from inside the car. Police then searched the car, where they say they found 13 bags of marijuana, $3,280 in cash, a gun, ammunition and paraphernalia.

The bags of marijuana were reportedly packaged and kept within a bigger green bag; police say they confiscated 332.4 grams of marijuana in total, including nine bags weighing 28 grams each. These bags were labeled as medical cannabis and described specific strains of marijuana. In addition, police say that the 19-year-old driver had a Taurus revolver loaded with five rounds of ammunition as well as 13 rounds of ammunition in a plastic bag. The cash was in the teen's pocket at the time.

The man was charged with unlawful possession or sale of a controlled substance as well as felony carry of a concealed firearm and possession of drug paraphernalia. He also had an outstanding warrant for lewd and lascivious battery of a minor aged 12 to 16 from Okaloosa County.

People who are accused of drug crimes in Florida could face aggressive prosecution and the risk of severe consequences. Penalties may include costly fines, a criminal record and even jail or prison time. However, a criminal defense lawyer can help to provide a strong defense before trial and in the courtroom. In some cases, a lawyer can resolve a case with alternative solution like treatment, rehabilitation or diversionary programs.

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