Suspect Conducts Drug Deal via Text During Traffic Stop
SPRING HILL – Texting and driving is not only dangerous, it’s illegal, but for one Spring Hill man, texting a drug deal during a traffic stop must have seemed perfectly legal. Not so, says Detective Dane Jenkins of the Hernando County Sheriff’s Office, after a traffic stop last night on Elgin Blvd, revealed much bigger problems for the driver.
According to officials, while on routine patrol in the area of Freeport Blvd and India Ave, Jenkins observed a silver Volkswagen swerving and driving erratically. Jenkins conducted a traffic stop on the vehicle at the intersection of Elgin Blvd and Mountain Way, where he made contact with the driver, 35-year-old Michael Dewain Thomason.
During the investigation, Jenkins noticed Thomason acting fidgety and observed his pupils to be constricted. At that time Jenkins noticed Thomason texting someone and stating “Do you have any? I want to pick those up too.” Jenkins says based on his experience with narcotics investigations, he surmised the conversation to be plans for a drug transaction.
As the investigation continued, Jenkins asked what was inside a sunglass case lying on the backseat floorboard. Thomason opened the case and revealed E-Cigarette parts. Thomas opened the case, revealing a pouch that contained a spoon and residue that later tested positive for crack cocaine. Upon further inspection of the pouch, Jenkins discovered a baggie containing two pieces of crack. Subsequently, Thomason was taken into custody and transported to the Hernando County Jail.
During the booking process, detention deputies discovered a baggie containing three red pills. They were later determined to be Oxymorphone, a schedule II controlled substance.
Thomason is facing charges of Possession of Controlled Substance and Bringing Contraband into a Detention Center. Thomason remains behind bars – held on $3,000 bond.
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