Luis Octavio Alvarez, 18, of Hollywood, Florida, was driving north in the center turn lane on U.S. 1 at Mile Marker 82.5 in Islamorada Monday night when not one, but two, Monroe County deputies pulled him over.
Sgt. Mark Coleman noticed the Honda Civic driving in the turning lane, passing a truck. Deputy Nestor Argote was already pursuing the Civic.
Both officers noted an odor of marijuana coming from the car.
One of the teens, a 17-year-old girl, was charged with 15 counts of possession of marijuana over 20 grams and possession of drug paraphernalia after she admitted to ownership of a backpack containing 15 THC Cartridges and a vaporizer pen.
Alvarez was charged with 39 counts of possession of marijuana with intent to sell, 44 counts of possession of marijuana over 20 grams, and possession of drug paraphernalia. He was also issued a traffic citation for passing in a no-passing zone. Alvarez reportedly claimed ownership of the following items found in the car:
- 39 THC cartridges
- 22.3 grams of leaf marijuana
- $9,437 in cash
- One pipe
- Four vapor pen batteries
- a scale
The 17-year-old girl’s parents were notified as well as the Department of Juvenile Justice.
Note: The information in this crime report is provided by area law enforcement. Please remember that all suspects are innocent until proven guilty.