Woman arrested after large amount of drugs found following traffic stop



A 46-year-old Key West woman was arrested Friday on multiple drug charges following a traffic stop on Big Pine Key yielded a litany of pills, cocaine and methamphetamine.


Amanda Lyn Tufenkjian was charged with multiple counts of possession of a controlled substance without a prescription, trafficking methamphetamine, trafficking cocaine and resisting arrest without violence.


Deputy Jonathan Lane stopped a Jeep driven by Tufenkjian at 3:50 a.m. for speeding in the Big Pine Key deer zone. He approached the driver, the sole occupant, and noticed her pants were unbutton and her belt was undone. Tufenkjian had her hand in her pants and appeared very nervous. Deputy Lane observed a pocket knife and belt clip containing more knives on her person.


Tufenkjian became verbally defensive when Deputy Lane informed her why she was stopped. Deputy Lane asked Tufenkjian to step out of the vehicle. She began reaching around the vehicle. Deputy Lane again ordered her out and she complied. Deputy Lane asked her to place her hands on top of her head so he could safely remove the knives in her possession. She refused and began to pull away from Deputy Lane. Additional Deputies and a U.S. Border Patrol K9 Agent responded to assist.


Tufenkjian was placed in custody.


A search of her vehicle yielded the following:

  • 3.8 ounces of powder cocaine
  • 23 grams of crack cocaine
  • 2.8 ounces of methamphetamine
  • A large amount of Oxycodone, Oxycontin and Xanax
  • A large amount of drug paraphernalia, including a scale
  • Several drug-related ledgers
  • $1,942 in cash


Tufenkjian was taken to jail.