A traffic obstruction on a Mercedes Benz driving without lights early Friday morning became a much bigger deal for the driver after Florida Keys MPs said they had a large amount of marijuana, two cannons and two runaways from Miami-Dade County found in the car.
23-year-old Rickie Santiago Pacheco is accused of having carried a hidden firearm without a license to own a firearm while committing an offense of intent to sell marijuana, possessing drug paraphernalia, contributing to minor crime, and compromising custody of a minor.
He is in the Stock Island District Prison and his loan information was not immediately available.
Monroe County Sheriff’s deputies drove his four-door Mercedes behind the Seagrapes apartment complex on 7155 Overseas Highway at around 1 a.m. on Friday. Deputy Megan Faison wrote in her report that she asked a 22-year-old passenger in the front seat to roll down her window so that he could look safely into the car because the windows were dark-tinted.
When the windows were shut, Faison said she smelled a strong smell of burned and fresh marijuana from the car.
Two teenagers aged 15 and 17 were sitting in the back seat. MPs checked their names and found they were Dade runaways, Faison said.
The 17-year-old reportedly held a backpack. The MPs found 37 liquid marijuana cartridges in the bag that were used for vaping.
MPs checked the car and found 38 other marijuana vaping products, a loaded Taurus .40 pistol, a Smith and Wesson SD40 VE pistol, five 12-gauge shot cartridges, 57.22 magnum bullets, and a 9- mm bullet According to the report, there are various types of pharmaceutical equipment, including papers and a marijuana mill.
The deputies found the bull in a belt bag in the back seat. Pacheco told the police that the gun belonged to the 17-year-old, who was also arrested and handed over to the juvenile justice authorities, said Adam Linhardt, spokesman for the sheriff.
The Smith and Wesson was in the center console of the car, said Faison. According to the report, Pacheco has no concealed permission to carry the weapon.
Pacheco waived his Miranda rights, according to the report, and told MPs that he picked up the 17-year-old in Miami and the 15-year-old in Homestead. He said he knew the older boy was missing, but not the younger, Faison said.
The woman in the front seat was neither arrested nor was the 15-year-old. MPs drove him to the COVID-19 checkpoint at milestone 112.5 in USA 1, where his parents picked him up, Linhardt said.