A 29-year-old Florida man is facing multiple drug charges after law enforcement officers pulled over his vehicle on Dec. 12 and discovered thousands of painkillers as well as nearly half a million dollars in cash. The incident occurred on Brian Setterich Road near Wewahitchka.

According to media reports, deputies from the Gulf County Sheriff’s Office attempted to execute a traffic stop on a blue Kia van after radar indicated it was traveling 40 mph in a 25 mph zone. However, the van didn’t stop and turned onto northbound Highway 71. It then crossed into the southbound lane and pulled onto the shoulder of the road. After coming to a stop, the driver jumped out of the vehicle and dashed into the nearby woods. Deputies ran after him and eventually took him into custody.

Deputies conducted a search of the van and discovered $470,640 in cash, approximately 1,000 15 mg oxycodone pills, around 1,000 30 mg oxycodone pills, 7.8 ounces of black tar heroin, 25.5 grams of crack cocaine, 20.8 grams of powdered cocaine and over 2.5 pounds of marijuana. They also found a fully loaded 9mm handgun with extra ammunition. The street value of all the seized drugs was estimated to be approximately $540,000. The defendant was transported to the Gulf County Detention Facility and charged with trafficking oxycodone, possession of cocaine with the intent to sell, possession of heroin and possession of drug paraphernalia. He was additionally charged with possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, fleeing and eluding and driving with a suspended license. He was held on a $374,000 bond.

Someone facing drug charges could use the help of a criminal defense attorney. The attorney could protect a defendant’s rights and develop a defense strategy based on the details of the case.

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