A trio of Colorado residents has been arrested in Florida after a traffic stop uncovered a stolen vehicle and a table full of dope.
On Saturday, Deputy Dwight Adkins with the Calhoun County Sheriff’s Office noticed a black 2014 Kia Forte sitting at the Blountstown Boat ramp. The vehicle had a Colorado plate that had expired in May of 2022.
He then contacted Deputy Tim Dillard for assistance.
Deputy Dillard and Deputy Adkins then approached the vehicle. As Deputy Dillard approached the vehicle, the tag was called in and came back to a different vehicle.
Deputy Dillard made contact with the driver, Charles Thomas. During that conversation it was discovered that Charles did not have a valid driver’s license.
At that point, Charles was placed into hand restraints and the other two occupants of the vehicle were asked to step out and identified. They were identified as Steven Mills and Elena Martinez of Pueblo, Colorado.
Deputies discovered that the vehicle was reported as stolen out of Colorado.
Mills and Martinez were then placed under arrest for Grand Theft Auto and Thomas was informed that he was being charged as well.
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Deputies searched the vehicle and its occupants. A large amount of drug paraphernalia, including needles, meth pipes, and containers with narcotics residue, was located.
Deputies also found 512.6 grams of Marijuana inside the vehicle as well as THC oil.
Two digital scales and a large amount of white crystalline substance that gave a presumptive positive for fentanyl were also located in the vehicle. That substance will be sent to FDLE lab for additional testing.
All three individuals were transported to the Calhoun County Jail and more charges for the drugs and drug paraphernalia are pending.