TAMPA, Fla. – The Florida Highway Patrol (FHP) made a traffic stop Friday on a vehicle with 78 pounds of cocaine in the trunk.
The stop happened around 12:30 p.m. by a trooper along westbound Interstate 4 east of 50th Street for multiple traffic violations, troopers said.
According to FHP, the driver Anthony Leon Carroll, 49, and the passenger Pablo Villalobos Campos, 61, appeared to be ‘overly nervous’ as a trooper approached the vehicle.
A second trooper arrived, with K-9 Titan, at the scene and later alerted troopers of drugs being detected in the vehicle.
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Authorities searched the vehicle and found two duffel bags wrapped with tape in the trunk. There were 30 tape-wrapped bundles between both duffel bags, which weighed 78 pounds.
FHP said the troopers found loose money in the driver’s door and money in a black plastic bag in the backseat as well as a small amount of marijuana.
Carroll and Villalobos Campos were arrested and transported to Hillsborough County Jail without incident, according to FHP.
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