LEE COUNTY, Fla.- Lee County Sheriff's deputies arrested Javier Rodriguez, 30, after allegedly finding more than 27 lbs. of marijuana in his rental car yesterday.
Deputies stopped Rodriguez' Impala after spotting him following too closely and changing lanes without a turn signal northbound I-75, according to his arrest report. Rodriguez allegedly shifted in his seat and would not make eye contact with the deputy, who said he would issue Rodriguez a warning if he had no other warrants and his license was valid.
The deputy discovered Rodriguez had a history of narcotics-related arrests, and asked if there were any drugs or weapons in the vehicle. Rodriguez said no, but gave no consent to search the vehicle, the report continued.
A K9 conducted a free air sniff and alerted near the passenger side wheel well. The deputy searched the vehicle and located three black duffle bags in the trunk. Deputies reportedly found 25 vacuum-sealed, clear, plastic bags containing marijuana inside. In total, deputies seized 27.8 lbs. of marijuana.
Rodriguez was put in handcuffs and placed in the back of the patrol vehicle.
Deputies then found numerous rubber bands in the console, typically used in drug transactions for wrapping large amounts of currency, according to LCSO.
It was discovered the vehicle had been rented by Rodriguez' mother on January 11th, but paperwork throughout the vehicle revealed Rodriguez had been in possession of the vehicle for some time.
Rodriguez phone continued to ring and receive messages throughout th search of the vehicle. Though it was locked, messages would appear on the screen, one of which had incriminating information in it.
Rodriguez was arrested for marijuana trafficking and taken to the Lee County Jail.