Police: Marijuana intercepted in transit; two arrested
Two men were charged with possession with intent to distribute marijuana after investigators discovered an estimated seven pounds of the drug during a traffic stop in North Fort Myers Friday.
A narcotics detective assigned to the Lee County Sheriff’s Office Highway Interdiction Unit was patrolling I-75 in North Fort Myers at approximately 4:19 p.m. when a 2008 Dodge Nitro was noticed traveling below the posted speed limit with an obstructed license tag.
A traffic stop was conducted on the SUV, which was occupied by two men, officials said, adding that upon making contact with the driver, Lavor Williams, an odor of raw marijuana was detected coming from inside the vehicle. The driver and passenger indicated they were on their way to Miami from Tampa.
A search of the vehicle resulted in the discovery of more than 7 pounds of marijuana, packaged and concealed inside the rear cargo area of the vehicle, officials said. A Sheriff’s Office K9 alerted to the illegal drugs and field tests confirmed the contents.
The street value of the seized marijuana is estimated in excess of $7,000 dollars. Both the driver and passenger were arrested without incident.
Lavor Amador Williams, 31, of Pembroke Pines, and Barrington B. Palmer, 37, of Miramar, each were charged with possession with intent to distribute marijuana, possession of over 20 grams of marijuana and possession of narcotics paraphernalia
Palmer has a prior arrest history for illegal narcotics in the Miami area, officials said.
Both were been booked into the Lee County Jail.
Source: Lee County Sheriff’s Office