Florida state troopers find $1.2M worth of cocaine in woman’s car after traffic stop

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Florida police find $1.2M worth of cocaine in car during traffic stop

Credit: DaytonDailyNews

What was originally a traffic stop turned out to be more costly for a Florida driver Tuesday afternoon.

A 27-year-old woman is accused of possessing 12 kilos of cocaine in her red 2016 Dodge Journey, worth more than $1,2 million, the Tampa Bay Times reported.

Elizabeth Espinoza, 27, of Ruskin, was charged with two counts of cocaine possession, one count of cocaine trafficking, and one count of public order crimes, according to Sumter County arrest records.

According to the Florida Highway Patrol, Espinoza was pulled over for having illegally tinted windows as she drove south on Interstate 75, the Times reported.

According to an arrest report, Espinoza appeared to be overly nervous when she was stopped in Sumter County, WTVT reported. Troopers called for a drug-detecting dog found cocaine "hidden within the dashboard and other voids within the vehicle," according to a news release.

Espinoza was booked into the Sumter County Jail and remains there in lieu of $158,000 bail, according to arrest records.

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