WALTON COUNTY, Fla. — The Walton County Sheriff’s Office said a traffic stop for an alleged seatbelt violation has led to the arrest of two people from Miami on drug charges.
According to the Walton County Sheriff’s Office (WCSO), on Sunday morning, a WCSO deputy conducting traffic enforcement near Highway 90 and State Highway 285 pulled over a vehicle when he said he noticed the driver was not wearing a seatbelt.
A strong smell of marijuana was reportedly coming from the vehicle when the deputy approached the driver’s side door.
After speaking with the driver, Taurus Washington, 25, of Miami, the WCSO said it was discovered his license had been suspended indefinitely, and reportedly no one in the vehicle had a medical marijuana card or a valid driver’s license. Washington also had a non-extraditable warrant out of Arizona, the WCSO said.
The two other passengers in the vehicle were detained. Washington was searched, and 1.2 grams of crack cocaine was allegedly found in his pants pocket.
During a search of the car, deputies said they located “three tightly rolled packages containing 61.8 grams of cocaine which appeared to be made for smuggling inside a body cavity,” the WCSO said. The search also reportedly found 106 grams of marijuana.
One of the passengers, Destiny Butler, 21, of Miami, reportedly admitted to the drugs belonging to her and that she was taking them to “central.” The WCSO said “central” meant a prison facility.
Butler also is alleged to have provided a fake ID to deputies to conceal her identity.
Washington was charged with cocaine possession and driving with a revoked license and was issued a traffic citation for not wearing a seatbelt. Butler was charged with trafficking cocaine, providing a false ID to a law enforcement officer, and a warrant for grand theft auto out of Miami Dade County.
Both were taken to the Walton County Jail. Butler was given a $50,000 bond, and Washington a $5,000 bond.