I-75 Stop Nets Meth, Heroin, Marijuana, 67 Syringes

Friday, June 6, 2014

Hamilton County officers arrested four people after they discovered heroin, marijuana, methamphetamine, and 67 new and used syringes in a car during a routine traffic stop.

Florida resident Michael Cardona, 32, was driving 15 miles over the speed limit on Interstate 75 when he was pulled over. When the officer walked to the car, he noticed that Cardona's hands were shaking. Three other passengers were in the vehicle.

When the officer asked for registration, Cardona's girlfriend, 30-year-old Desiree Albritton, opened the glove box.

Here, officers observed a bag of pills.

Cardona said the pills were antibiotics he got from a friend. Because they were not prescribed to him, officers said Cardona possessed the pills illegally. They used this as probable cause to search the vehicle.

In the front, officers discovered a black bag that contained used drug syringes and 12 small bags that contained meth. The bag also contained a scale and various other drug paraphernalia.

In the back of the vehicle where Andrea Locicero, 44, and Michael Carl, 37, were sitting, officers found even more meth, this time a larger back. They also found many more used syringes.

On the floor under one seat, officers discovered a spoon with a brown substance that tested to be heroin. Under the other seat, officers found a McDonald's bag containing yet another syringe and some marijuana.

According to her statement, Ms. Albritton said while she knew about the drugs, none of them belonged to her. She said she was being paid to take Ms. Locicero and Carl from Florida to Kentucky.

 All four people were charged with criminal conspiracy to possess drugs for resale, possession of  methamphetamine for resale, possession of heroin for resale, possession of marijuana for resale, and possession of drug paraphernalia.

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