Three arrested for drugs following traffic stop



Two men and a woman were arrested Monday afternoon in Big Pine Key on multiple drug violations.


Misty Marie Howard, 39, of Big Pine Key, had a warrant for trafficking in heroin, trafficking in methamphetamines and possession of controlled substance.


Reed Bryan Bell, 55, of Islamorada, was charged with possession of a controlled substance


Markus Dyer, 31, of Big Pine Key, was charged with trafficking in heroin, trafficking in methamphetamines, possession of cocaine, possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia.


Deputies were on U.S. 1 at approximately 2:40 p.m. on Big Pine Key when they saw Howard driving a black BMW southbound. They knew Howard to have arrest warrants for drug trafficking. As Deputies moved to make a traffic stop, they realized a Lexus appeared to be traveling with the BMW. The Lexus had two people inside not wearing seat belts. Both vehicles were stopped between Mile Markers 32 and 33. Bell was driving the Lexus. Dyer was the passenger. Dyer is Howard’s boyfriend.


Additional Deputies and K9 Coral responded. K9 Coral alerted to drugs in the Lexus.


The following was found in Dyer’s possession:


  • 4.1 ounces of MDMA/Ecstasy
  • 6.1 grams of heroin
  • 4 grams of crack cocaine
  • 18 grams of marijuana
  • A digital scale


The following were found Bell’s possession:


  • 3 grams of MDMA/Ecstasy
  • A pipe


K9 Coral also alerted to drugs in the BMW. Several rolled bills contained a powder substance that field-tested positive for methamphetamines.


All three were taken to jail.