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Spring Hill, Florida -- A routine traffic stop ended with the discovery of a large amount of drugs and $12,900 in cash.

On March 6, Deputy Stephen Pritz and Reserve Deputy James Baker saw a black Honda Accord speeding on Elgin Blvd. The car was going 58 mph, in a 35 mph zone.

A deputies stopped the car for speeding. Prior to the vehicle coming to a stop they observed a gray plastic bag being thrown out of the front driver's side window.

The driver, Joseph Johnson, reportedly appeared nervous and denied throwing anything from the vehicle. Deputy Pritz then retrieved the items that were thrown from the vehicle and found the gray plastic grocery bag that contained 916 grams of marijuana.

While walking back to the vehicle, Deputy Pritz observed Johnson throwing more items out of the passenger side window. It was found to be a clear plastic Ziploc bag containing $12,900 wrapped in rubber bands.

The defendant, Joseph Johnson, was then placed under arrest.

Deputy Jason Jernigan and his K-9 partner Dzel responded to the scene and located an orange prescription bottle on the ground, near the front passenger side of the vehicle, close to where the money was found. The prescription bottle contained various types of colored pills which were later identified as a large variety of Oxycodone pills.

Joseph Johnson is now at the Hernando County Detention Center and is charged with the following:

  • Trafficking in Oxycodone (5 counts)
  • Possession of Controlled Substance (2 counts)
  • Tampering with Evidence
  • Possession of Marijuana w/Intent to Sell

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