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Man Stopped Twice for Speeding, Second Stop Leads to Drug Arrest

5:19 PM, Dec 15, 2011   |    comments
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FLAGLER COUNTY, Fla. -- An attempt to conceal tens of thousands of dollars worth of cocaine with dryer sheets didn't throw off a trained dog.

According to a news release from the Flagler County Sheriff's Office, a deputy spotted 34-year-old Edward Payne driving between 95 and 100 mph northbound on Interstate 95, weaving in and out of traffic.

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Payne reportedly apologized to the deputy for speeding, saying he was heading to Jacksonville to visit his grandmother in the hospital.

The deputies asked Payne if he could search the vehicle, but Payne refused, so a deputy brought a K-9 unit to check the car.

The dog alerted to the presence of drugs in the trunk, so the deputies investigated.

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According to the news release, the deputies found a plastic shopping bag in the trunk. In the bag was a vacuum-sealed bag covered with dryer sheets.

The deputies estimated the value of the cocaine in the bag at $33,000.

Payne was then arrested on a charge of trafficking cocaine. He is being held on $150,000 bond.

Upon searching his rented vehicle, the deputies found a speeding ticket Payne, from Miami, had been issued two hours before the stop that led to his arrest.

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