Monica Racy, 20, was arrested on multiple charges of drug possession with intent to distribute. She was ordered held on $24,000 bond at the Sumter County Detention Center. Attorney information wasn’t available.
According to the Sumter County Sheriff’s Department, the 20-year-old was pulled over by a deputy at approximately 6:30 p.m. April 19 on County Road 229 south of County Road 462. The deputy reported seeing the girl’s gray 2018 Volkswagen Jetta swerving into the path of his vehicle. She had also been paced driving 65 mph in a 45-mph zone on County Road 462, sources say.
The woman was allegedly “slow to respond” to the deputy and was seen “frantically” moving items around the vehicle when officers approached, according to the arrest report.
“I observed her to place a backpack and a large Amazon envelope from the front passenger seat to the rear seat and attempt to place a scarf over the items,” the deputy wrote in the report.
The woman accused purportedly told the deputy that she was tired and was in a rush to get to her mother’s house. The deputy called a K-9 unit to the scene to search the vehicle for controlled substances.
The defendant’s backpack was allegedly found to contain a bag of cocaine, an alprazolam pill, and a bag of cannabis. The Amazon envelope reportedly contained several bags of hallucinogenic mushrooms, methamphetamine, amphetamines, cannabis, and alprazolam, sources indicate. Police also found LSD and three packages of candy with labels indicating that they contained THC, the report said.
The woman allegedly confessed to the deputy that she had been “transporting the illicit narcotics for a friend to Sumter County from Tampa,” the report said.
“She advised illicit narcotics sales were down in the USF area due to the COVID-19 restrictions in Hillsborough County,” the deputy noted in the report.
The Sumpter County resident allegedly told the deputy she was to deliver the drugs and “take money back to her friend in Tampa,” the report states. She was placed under arrest and taken to Sumter County Detention Center, where she has since posted bond. It is not clear whether the “friend in Tampa” has been identified or charged in connection with this case.
Drug possession with intent to distribute is a serious offense punishable by up to 15 years in prison. Anyone accused of possession with intent to distribute should immediately consult an attorney who can review the case and come up with a winning defense strategy.
South Florida Drug Crimes Attorney