NAPLES, Fla.- A Miami man is under arrest after deputies say they found over 20 pounds of cocaine worth $350,000 during a routine traffic stop.
62-year-old Francisco Gato Jr. was stopped by a deputy around 11:00 a.m. yesterday on Golden Gate Blvd.
According to authorities, Gato Jr. was issued a written warning. The deputy asked Gato Jr. if he’d ever been arrested. Gato Jr. told the deputy he had previously been arrested on marijuana and fraud charges.
When asked if there were any drugs in the vehicle, Gato Jr. said no.
A K-9 deputy conducted an examination around the vehicle and detected the presence of narcotics.
A search of the vehicle turned up a blue gym bag in the rear hatch area which contained 22 pounds of cocaine.
Gato appeared in court this afternoon.
His attorney argued he had no knowledge that the drugs were in there but the judge disagreed.
The state asked the judge to set Gato's bond high because he has no known ties to the area.
He also has prior convictions for importing illegal drugs, conspiracy to sell drugs and racketering.
Gato's bond was set at $150,000 dollars.