Florida Couple Arrested On Drug Charges After Traffic Stop On I-75

Friday, June 20, 2014 - by Hollie Webb

A Florida man and woman were arrested on Interstate 75 near Chattanooga after deputies found heroin for resale in their vehicle during a stop.

Aisha Marie Nieves was driving a green Kia when she was stopped by deputies for following the vehicle in front of her extremely closely at high speeds. Cain Christian Blais was riding in the passenger seat. 

Ms. Nieves was asked to get out and sign a warning ticket. While she was out of the vehicle, deputies asked her where they were going.

Another deputy spoke with Blais.

While Ms. Nieves said they were traveling to the Bonnaroo music festival, Blais told deputies they were traveling to see his grandmother who was "dying with double pneumonia." Deputies described Ms. Nieves as "pitching a fit" about the stop. 

All of this seemed suspicious to the deputies, so they deployed a service dog named Rico to check the vehicle.

When the dog indicated that he smelled something by scratching an area of the car, deputies checked and found marijuana. 

When deputies moved to check the glove box, they discovered it was locked and moved to get the keys from Blais. At this point, Blais grabbed his arm. After this, Blais was restrained and handcuffed.

Inside the glove box, deputies discovered heroin in a manilla envelope addressed to Blais. An eye dropper filled with heroin was also found. 

In addition to the drugs, deputies also found digital scales, glass vials, new empty pill capsules, rubber bands, colored balloons, and other items associated with the sale of heroin.

When confronted with the heroin, Blais said it was only ground up hair and nail products. 

After they were taken to the Hamilton County Jail, deputies placed on the intake counter a piece of paper found in the vehicle detailing the record of drug sales. According to deputies, Blais was recorded on camera eating the paper.

For this, he was charged with tampering with evidence. His other charges included possession of heroin for resale, possession of drug paraphernalia, criminal conspiracy, and assault on police. 

The case has been bound over to a grand jury.


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