In Florida, law enforcement officials booked a man into Monroe County jail after a search of his vehicle revealed a Cookie Monster toy doll that was stuffed with cocaine. The incident occurred in Marathon on July 12 in connection with a traffic stop. According to news sources, a sheriff’s deputy initially pulled the man over for an obscured license plate.
The 39-year-old resident of Key West was behind the wheel of a Dodge. When the officer approached the vehicle, he detected the odor of marijuana coming from the vicinity of the driver’s open window. During the subsequent investigation, the officer discovered the popular Sesame Street character inside a backpack belonging to the charged man and noticed that the doll seemed heavy. He found two packages containing a total of 314 grams of cocaine when he probed a post-market slit in the blue stuffie.
The man was then taken into custody. He is now facing charges of possession of drug equipment and cocaine trafficking, which are felony narcotics charges. A drug trafficking charge is a serious charge that could result in a lengthy prison sentence if a conviction is obtained.
Florida residents who find themselves facing similar felony drug charges may want to meet with a criminal defense attorney very early in the legal process. The attorney may be able to have the evidence suppressed if, for example, the search that led to the seizure violated the defendant’s constitutional rights. In other cases, an attorney could negotiate with the state’s attorney for reduced charges and penalties.
Source: The Smoking Gun, “Cookie Monster Was Stuffed With Cocaine“, July 12, 2017