Teen Arrested After Traffic Stop Uncovers Drugs and Firearms

Over the weekend, Citrus County deputies conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle traveling 72 mph in a 55 mph zone. The driver, identified as 18-year-old Carlos Esteban Garcia-Luis, was observed by deputies adjusting his waistband as they approached.

Despite requests to keep his hands visible, Garcia-Luis continued reaching into his pockets. He refused to provide identification and did not comply when asked to step out of the vehicle. When he turned to reach towards the back seat, deputies quickly intervened, opened the door, and handcuffed him.

K-9 Deputy Elias then deployed his partner, Odie, for a sniff around the vehicle. K-9 Odie alerted to the presence of narcotics at the driver’s door.

A search of Garcia-Luis revealed several baggies of cocaine weighing a total of 24.44 grams, $200, drug paraphernalia, two firearms with 50-round drum magazines, additional magazines, and more cash inside the vehicle.

Garcia-Luis was arrested and charged with possession of cocaine with intent to sell or deliver, possession of a firearm while engaged in a criminal offense, and possession of drug paraphernalia. His bond is set at none per the Florida statewide bond schedule.

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