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TPD: Investigation, traffic stop leads to arrest and recovery of multiple guns and drugs

Posted at 2:48 PM, Oct 13, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-13 14:48:11-04

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) — The Tallahassee Police Department says a 42-year-old man suspected of drug trafficking was arrested and charged with trafficking in Fentanyl, possession of a firearm by a convicted Florida felon, fleeing and eluding an officer, and possession of drug paraphernalia after a traffic stop Tuesday morning.

TPD’s Special Investigations Section was actively working a case involving the illegal sale of narcotics.

During the investigation, the subject, Detroy Lamont Garrett was seen committing a traffic violation near West Tennessee Street and Senator Pat Thomas Boulevard, as stated in the report.

TPD said, with assistance from the Violent Crimes Response Team, officers attempted a traffic stop, and the subject fled at a high rate of speed.

To ensure the safety of the community, officers did not pursue the vehicle, according to the report.

TPD says shortly after, the vehicle was found in the 1800 block of Nekoma Court unoccupied, and a search was conducted with assistance from a K-9 unit.

A firearm was found discarded near the vehicle, and probable cause was developed to search the vehicle, where 6.5 grams of Fentanyl was found in plain view, the report said.

According to the report, while on the scene at the vehicle, investigators received a tip about Garrett’s location and found him hiding in a nearby home inside a bathroom actively attempting to flush narcotics.

TPD says Garrett was also carrying over $12,000 in cash.

He was taken into custody without further incident, the report stated.

Following the arrest, TPD says a search warrant was obtained for the suspect’s home in the 1300 block of Linda Ann Court.

Investigators found two firearms, numerous rounds of ammunition, drug paraphernalia, and fraudulent credit cards inside the residence.

TPD is committed to enhancing public safety by addressing the illegal sale of narcotics. If you see this type of activity, report it by calling TPD at 850-891-4200 or Crime Stoppers at 850-574-TIPS.