January 2, 2019

KEY LARGO — A Big Pine Key man was arrested Christmas Eve after being pulled over for speeding, but deputies allegedly found a variety of drugs in his vehicle as well.

Charles Albert Garcia

Charles Albert Garcia, 40, was charged with driving with a suspended license, resisting arrest without violence, nine counts of possession of a controlled substance, four counts possession of paraphernalia, possession of cocaine, possession of marijuana and failure to appear, according to the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office.

Around 11:05 p.m. Dec. 24, a deputy spotted a vehicle going 70 mph in a 40 mph zone and conducted a traffic stop. The deputy met with the driver, Garcia, who said he was returning from the airport with Christmas presents. However, while speaking with him, dispatch informed the deputy that Garcia had a Monroe County warrant.

The deputy allowed Garcia to call and arrange for someone to pick up the vehicle. But when the deputy advised him he would search the vehicle, Garcia reportedly threw the keys into the car and locked it. A second deputy immediately detained Garcia and transported him to the Plantation Key jail.

A tow truck arrived for the vehicle and opened the door for deputies to search inside. They reported finding eight pills of suspected amphetamine, six baggies of cocaine, two baggies of methamphetamine, one baggie of marijuana and some heroin residue.

Garcia was booked into Plantation Key jail and was released the day after Christmas after posting a $64,000 bond.