Tallahassee man stopped for car with no tag admits to selling meth

Man stopped for car with no tag admits to selling meth
Posted at 11:45 AM, Nov 17, 2017
and last updated 2017-11-17 08:39:26-05

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) - A Tallahassee man stopped for driving a car without a tag is facing additional charges after admitting to deputies that he occasionally sells meth.

Thomas H. Smith, booked into the Leon County Detention Center on Wednesday, was arrested for trafficking methamphetamine, on sight violation of probation, and operating a motor vehicle without a drivers license.

Smith was pulled over for driving without a tag on Wednesday while driving his Cadillac CTS westbound on Tharpe St. According to an arrest document, Smith told the deputy he had recently applied for a tag but had not yet received it.

Asked by the deputy for a license, Smith handed the deputy a Florida ID card. The deputy's search of a database found that Smith was never issued a drivers license, only an identification card. 

The deputy then handcuffed Thomas for and escorted him to the rear of his patrol car.

At first, Thomas told the deputy he had nothing illegal in his car, the deputy wrote in the arrest affidavit. But then, when asked by the deputy for consent to search the car, Thomas said, "Sir, I'm not going to lie to you. I have meth in the car between the seat and center console."

After the deputy read Smith his Miranda Warnings, Smith told the arresting Leon County Sheriff's Office deputy that he "occasionally sells a small amount of methamphetamine," and said he was holding the drugs for someone else, according to the arrest report.

Among other things found, the deputy wrote, his search of Smith's car turned up a zipper pouch between the drivers seat and center console, where Smith said it would be found.

The pouch contained "multiple large bags of a crystal-like substance" that weighed approximately 66 grams with packaging.

The deputy also found $245 in assorted bills on Thomas. 

After running Thomas' information, deputies found he was on probation for meth charges out of Tallahassee with an end date of July 17, 2022. He was arrested and taken to the Leon County Jail.

He remains in jail on a $25,250 bond. 

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