Traffic stop leads Kendall officer to marijuana bust

Traffic stop leads Kendall officer to marijuana bustA sensitive nose for narcotics, coupled with investigative skills, earned honors for Miami-Dade Police Kendall District Officer Ernesto Capote as Officer of the Month in July. The award is presented by Citizens Advisory Committee chairp Barry White (left) and Maj. Christopher Carothers (right). On July 22 during a traffic enforcement detail on SW 87th Avenue near the Snapper Creek (SR 878) Expressway, Officer Capote stopped an automobile that ran a red light at 1:30 a.m. After checking the driver’s identification, Capote noticed a suspicious odor and discovered a three-pound bag of marijuana on the car’s back seat. He then opened the trunk to discover a nylon lunch bag with $1,647 in cash. Entering the detained driver’s home, officers then found 39 marijuana plants weighing 167 pounds with a street value estimate of one-half million dollars.

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