Deputies in Gulf County started off on what they thought was a normal traffic stop but what they didn’t know is that it would turn into the largest drug bust seen in the county ever.
“Deputies happened to clock this individual in a KIA van going 40 mph in a 25 and as he went over into the opposite lane, they could see the door begin to open up and could see he was about to bail on them,” says Sheriff Mike Harrison.
After a short search, one man was in custody but it was what was inside of his vehicle that caught the deputies’ nose.
Harrison says, “they get back there and they get this overwhelming odor of marijuana.”
To their surprise, there was a lot more than just marijuana. Harrison said “there were 34 individually packaged packages of oxycodone pills. Each of them containing 1,000 oxycodone pills.”
The deputies also found $470,640 dollars, 7.8 ounces black tar heroin, crack cocaine, powdered cocaine and a loaded 9mm hand gun.
Twenty- nine year old, Storm Cinque Sims was arrested on multiple charges of possession of a cocaine with intent to sell, trafficking in oxycodone, possession of heroin, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, possession of drug paraphernalia, fleeing and eluding, and driving with a suspended license.
He is being held at the detention center with a $374,000 dollar bond.
Sheriff Harrison says there is an open investigation into the matter.
Sheriff Harrison says the money will be turned over to the court and if decided the county will get keep it, he would like the money to be put towards drug treatment programs in the county.