CAPE CORAL POLICE DEPARTMENT
Public Affairs Office
1100 Cultural Park Boulevard
Cape Coral, FL 33990
Traffic Stop Leads to Heroin Trafficking and Possession Arrests
(May 27, 2014)- Last night at around 8:30 PM, Officer Kortright of the Cape Coral Police Department Patrol Bureau conducted a traffic stop for a moving violation near Palm Tree Boulevard and Cape Coral Parkway E..
Observing suspicious behaviors by both occupants of the car, Officer Kortright asked for a K9 to assist. When Officers had the vehicle occupants step out, the passenger, Benitez, tried to surreptitiously drop a syringe on the ground. Both were immediately detained for a narcotics investigation. A K9 conducted an open air sniff of the car and alerted to the presence of narcotics.
The vehicle and occupants were searched and martinez was found to be in possession of an unopened package of Suboxone Sublingual film and a small bag containing a broken pill. Martinez advised Officers that it was Methadone. Officers also located a bag containing 31 small clear plastic bags containing a white powdery substance. The powder was field tested and tested positive for Heroin.
Benitez admitted, post-Miranda, that the drugs located on Martinez's person belonged to him and that he gave them to her to hide during the traffic stop. Benitez also admitted to having a prior arrest for trafficking in cocaine and he did not want his girlfriend to go to jail.
Both Benitez and Martinez were transported to CCPD. The Heroin was weighed and had a pre-packaged weight of 4.6 grams. The Suboxone Sublingual Film packet had a pre-packaged weight of 0.9 grams. The pill was unidentifiable by its markings and was submitted with a request to have FDLE identify it. All items, including the syringe, were submitted into evidence.
ARRESTED: Luis Alfredo Benitez, W/M, DOB: 04-27-1986, of 277 Delray Ave., Fort Myers, FL.
CHARGES: Trafficking in Heroin (4 grams to 30 kilograms), Possession of a controlled substance without a prescription, possession of drug paraphernalia.
ARRESTED: Magdalena Martinez, W/F, DOB: 02-16-1993, of 277 Delray Ave., Fort Myers, FL.
CHARGES: Possession of Heroin, Possession of a controlled substance without a prescription.