CAPE CORAL POLICE DEPARTMENT
Public Affairs Office
1100 Cultural Park Boulevard
Cape Coral, FL 33990
Traffic Stop for Seatbelt Yields Methamphetamine and Components for Lab
(February 4, 2014)- A traffic stop for a simple seatbelt violation turned out to be much more than officers initially thought.
At around 1:30 AM, a Cape Coral Police Patrol Officer stopped a vehicle in the 200 Block of Del Prado Boulevard South when he noticed the driver was not wearing a seatbelt.
During the stop, the driver, identified as Billy Jo Snowden, W/M, DOB: 01-19-1972, of 1408 NW 1st. Terrace, Cape Coral, FL was found to have an expired license. After issuing a citation for the expired license and warning the driver about his seatbelt and concluding the traffic stop, the Patrol Officer obtained consent to search the vehicle.
During the search, Officers located a small baggie of methamphetamine in a wallet belonging to the passenger, identified as Jamie Woodward, W/F, DOB: 12-17-1972, of 4900 Seville Dr., Sarasota, FL. Also located inside the car were chemicals and materials commonly used in the manufacture of methamphetamine. Cape Coral Police Department Vice, Intelligence, and Narcotics Detective (VIN) responded to assist with the investigation. Both Snowden and Woodward were placed under arrest. Additional components for the manufacture of methamphetamine were found on Snowden's person and a pill (Alprazolam) for which Woodward did not have a prescription was found on her. Both were charged accordingly. They were transported to Lee County Jail.
"This is another great example of how a Patrol Officer on a simple traffic stop looked beyond the surface infraction and found something much more serious. Fortunately, these two didn't have the opportunity to combine these chemicals to cook more meth, making the disposal a much easier and safer process."- Det. Sergeant Dana Coston, Cape Coral Police Department Public Affairs Officer.
Arrested: Billy Jo Snowden, W/M, DOB: 01-19-1972, of 1408 NW 1st. Terrace, Cape Coral, FL. Charges: DRUGS-PRODUCE (PRODUCE METHAMPHETAMINE).
Arrested: Jamie Woodward, W/F, DOB: 12-17-1972, of 4900 Seville Dr., Sarasota, FL.
Charges: DRUGS-PRODUCE (PRODUCE METHAMPHETAMINE), METHAMPHETAMINE-POSSESS (POSSESS METHAMPHETAMINE), and DRUGS-POSSESS (CNTRL SUB WO PRESCRIPTION).