(March 19, 2015)- A traffic stop for a minor equipment violation led to much more.
Wednesday night around 9:00 PM, a Cape Coral Police Officer stopped a silver Ford Mustang traveling north at the 400 block of Santa Barbara Blvd S, for driving without working tag lights. The vehicle came to a stop in the parking lot of 8 NE Pine Island Rd (McDonalds).
During the course of the traffic stop, a Cape Coral Police Department K9 Officer arrived on scene and had his canine, "Kev," perform an open air sniff of the vehicle. The dog alerted to the presence of narcotics in the vehicle and a narcotics investigation was started. The driver, Jordan Lombardy, W/M, 5-27-1988, of 2132 NW 22nd Pl., Cape Coral, FL and the passenger, Bethany Bolten, W/F, DOB:04-26-1992, of 121 SE 18 St., Cape Coral, FL were removed form the vehicle and detained.
A search of the car revealed a purple Crown Royal felt bag stuffed between the passenger seat and passenger door. Inside of the bag were several bags containing a white crystal substance, and one bag containing a light brownish powder that had hardened into a single rock. The white crystal substance tested positive for Methamphetamine . The light brownish powder tested positive for Heroin.
Also found in the vehicle was a green rubber container located under the driver seat of the vehicle. Inside the green container was, what appeared to be, marijuana wax. The wax tested positive for THC.
In the trunk of the vehicle, concealed inside of three separate "STINKY BAGS" (designed to mask the odor of its contents) was, what appeared to be, synthetic marijuana. The substance tested positive for synthetic cannabis. Also in the trunk of the vehicle concealed in a separate "STINKY BAG" was a green leafy substance. The substance tested positive for THC. The marijuana was also packaged in two separate baggies, a manner consistent with packaging it for sale. Also found in the trunk of the vehicle was a marijuana pipe.
During a search of Bolten, she admitted to concealing a blue plastic container on her person. A female Officer was called to the scene to conduct a further search of Bolten and at that time Bolten turned the container over. Inside the container was more heroin. The heroin was packaged in several small plastic baggies.
Officers determined that Lombardy was operating his vehicle outside his DL restrictions of business purpose only as he had driven to Bolten's residence to pick her up and were going to McDonalds.
Lombardy was placed under arrest for the following charges:
Trafficking in Heroin, Possession of Methamphetamine with Intent to Sell, Possession of Marijuana with Intent to Sell, Possession of Synthetic Cannabis over 3g, Possession of Paraphernalia, and for Violation of Drivers License Restrictions.
Bolten was arrested for the following charges:
Trafficking in Heroin and Possession of Methamphetamine with Intent to Sell.
Photographs were taken of the narcotics in the vehicle and later submitted into CCPD evidence. The narcotics and paraphernalia were all weighed, placed into CCPD evidence, and sent to FDLE for further testing. The baggies containing the narcotics were also submitted for fingerprinting.
Also during a search of the vehicle a wad of cash was discovered under the driver seat floor mat, along with two other separate money rolls located in Lombardy's pockets. The sum of the cash found was $2,061. The currency was later photographed and placed into CCPD evidence.
During the search of the vehicle Lombardy's phone was also located and the phone was seized and placed into evidence. Detectives will seek a search warrant for the phone to search for further evidence of narcotics sales.
Lombardy and Bolten were transported to CCPD for booking and later transported to Lee County Jail.
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