Marijuana arrests in Tavernier April 1, 2005

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Tavernier - Sheriff's detectives arrested two Tavernier men April 19th, charging them with trafficking in marijuana.

Detectives with the Sheriff's Special Investigations Division received information that the two men were in possession of a large amount of the illegal substance. An undercover operative was able to arrange to purchase a large amount of marijuana from them. The sale was set up to take place Tuesday afternoon. Detectives saw the two men drive to a trailer at the Driftwood Trailer Park at the 92 mile marker where 36 year old Idalberto Rodriguez got out and went inside. 36 year old Geovani Valladares-Ramirez then drove to a trailer on Normandy Drive, where he went inside. He then exited carrying a large box which he put in the rear seat of his car. He then returned to the other trailer, where the detectives confronted him. In the box, they found 58 pounds of marijuana.

A search of the trailer at Driftwood Trailer Park turned up more marijuana and some items of drug paraphernalia. Both men were arrested and charged with trafficking in marijuana and they were booked into the Monroe County Detention Center. Assisting in the case was the Sheriff's Office Special Weapons and Tactics Team, the Drug Enforcement Administration and the Florida Department of Law Enforcement.

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