Traffic stop leads to big drug bust

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CRESTVIEW — An April 24 traffic stop for a red light violation led to the discovery of 13
bags of marijuana packaged for distribution, drug paraphernalia including a digital scale, $3,280
in cash, a pistol, ammunition, and the arrest of a Crestview teenager.
Andrew T. Adkins, 19, was detained when an officer responding to a traffic stop at the
intersection of Aplin Road and State Road 85 “made contact with the defendant and
immediately was met with the strong odor of marijuana coming from inside the passenger
compartment of the vehicle,” according to Mr. Adkins’ arrest report.
A search of the vehicle produced a green drawstring bag in which officers found
approximately 332.4 grams (.731 pounds) of marijuana packaged for presumptive sale. Included
were nine 28-gram (.18 pounds) professionally packaged bags with “medical cannabis” labels
with hand-written “strain” identifications.
Also discovered was a Taurus .357 revolver loaded with five rounds of ammunition, and an
additional 13 rounds in a plastic baggie. Mr. Adkins also had $3,280 in assorted denomination
bills in his pants pocket.
“It was actually a traffic stop,” K9 Officer Nate Marlar said. “But they had so much weed in
the car that (K9 Officer) Kody got to sit that one out.”
Mr. Adkins was charged with felony carry of a concealed firearm, unlawful possession or
sale of a controlled substance, and possession of drug paraphernalia. He also had a warrant
from the Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office for a charge of lewd and lascivious battery on a
person 12-16 years of age.

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