A 41-year-old Miami man was arrested Saturday nightfollowing a traffic stop on Big Pine Key that resulted in a large amount of heroin and other drugs found.
Jerome Sanders was charged with trafficking in heroin, possession of cocaine, possession of methamphetamine, resisting arrest without violence, tampering with evidence and driving on a suspended license.
Deputy Juan Martin-Reyes observed a Chevrolet sport-utility-vehicle traveling 76 mph in a 35 mph Key Deer Zone at approximately 8:15 p.m. Deputy Martin-Reyes attempted to stop the SUV, but it did not stop. Deputy Martin-Reyes noted baggies of suspected narcotics were being thrown from the vehicle as it slowed to 16 mph. The SUV eventually stopped at Mile Marker 32. The driver, later identified as Sanders, was the only occupant. Sanders kept moving his hands underneath his hoodie as if hiding something. Deputy Martin-Reyes continued to order him to keep his hands up. Deputy Jonathan Lane arrived. Sanders tensed up and initially resisting being placed in handcuffs. Sanders refused to identify himself.
A U.S. Border Patrol Agent also arrived as backup.
Multiple plastic baggies were found where Deputy Martin-Reyes observed them being thrown from the SUV.
In total, the following was found:
- 19 grams of heroin
- 2.1 ounces of methamphetamine
- 9.5 grams of cocaine
Sanders were taken to jail.