Intel from a plain-clothes deputy leads to the arrest of two individuals for drug trafficking Friday morning in Walton County.
A deputy driving an unmarked vehicle was at the Holiday Inn Express around 10:30 a.m. when he spotted Brian Lewis, 34, driving with no seatbelt on, according to a press release from the Walton County Sheriff's Office.
It is known by the Walton County Sheriff’s Office that Lewis’ license was revoked by court order for failure to pay child support. Upon further investigation it was revealed that Lewis has had six previous DWLSR convictions in the state of Florida.
A traffic stop was conducted by patrol deputies and Lewis stopped his vehicle approximately one mile after deputies initiated their lights. Lewis was placed under arrest.
The passenger in the vehicle, Sarah Kelly, 26, was observed by deputies as being very nervous and suspicious and moving around as if trying to discard something. While doing so Kelly dropped two syringe caps out of her pockets. The caps field-tested positive for meth. Kelly was placed under arrest for drug paraphernalia. Kelly was later searched by a female investigator and was found to have three syringes in her pants.
A search of the vehicle also revealed a Crown Royal bag containing two individual baggies of white oblong pills. The pills were counted (38), weighed, and positively identified as hydrocodone. The weight of the pills totaled more than 14 grams, which in the state of Florida is a felony trafficking offense.
Lewis was charged with trafficking in hydrocodone and knowingly driving while license suspended. Kelly was charged with possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of methamphetamine, and trafficking in hydrocodone.
“We mean business,” said Sheriff Michael Adkinson. “If this is not evidence of our determination to get drugs off the streets of our county…. I don’t know what is.”
Lewis also received citations for DWLSR and not wearing a seatbelt.