|Published:||Feb 12, 2011 12:43 AM EST|
|Updated:||Feb 11, 2011 9:41 PM EST|
LEE COUNTY, FL-Credit card scammers, sex offenders, drug dealers.
All caught driving through Southwest Florida.
Sheriff Mike Scott says, "There's no free pass through Lee county."
That's the message Sheriff Mike Scott says the highway interdiction unit is sending to criminals, one arrest at a time.
"Sex offenders, bank robbers, credit card cloners, whatever."
First the criminals have to make a traffic mistake. It could be speeding, or even a tail light out.
Sheriff Scott says, "The people in there are highly trained, and tuned in about what to look for, questions to ask, there is a science to it."
Once again, that science was put to work on I-75.
Last night a detective spotted a car with darkly tinted windows swerving in and out of a lane, he pulled it over.
Reporter Sarah Pusateri says, "Investigators could smell marijuana from inside the car and could see numerous gift cards, but their biggest find was one of these, a zip drive, loaded with people's credit card information."
A crime Sheriff Scott says is becoming more and more common.
"Magnetic strips, the ability to reproduce these things, a lot of it's technology."
Like many of the highway interdiction unit arrests, the two men claimed to be traveling from Tampa to Miami.
They were arrested.
"Big cities, port cities, Miami it's no secret is on the east side of Florida, Broward, Dade is a hot area for all kinds of things."
Reporter Sarah Pusateri asks, "Do we think this is part of a bigger ring or do you think these people are working independently?
He answers, "Some are probably a part of a bigger picture, sometimes on the interstate, you have runners, it may just be hey I'll give you $2500 dollars if you run this brief case from Tampa to Miami."
He says crime is crime though, no matter who is in charge. If it's happening in Lee County, the highway interdiction unit will be watching.
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