Tallahassee man stopped for DUI facing multiple drug charges

Posted at 3:13 AM, Feb 06, 2018
and last updated 2018-02-06 05:21:17-05

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) - A Tallahassee man is facing nearly 50 charges after police stopped him for speeding and found marijuana and 21 glass vials with a green liquid inside.

Nitin K. Verma, 36, was released on $3,000 bond from the Leon County Detention Center. He was booked on nearly 50 charges for the possession of synthetic narcotics, marijuana, cocaine and narcotic equipment.

He was released on his own recognizance for many of the drug charges.

Verma was driving 62 mph in a 45 mph zone on Blair Stone Road on Jan. 20, 2018, when his car was stopped, a Florida Highway Patrol trooper wrote in a probable cause affidavit.

The trooper said that as Verma fumbled with handing him identification Verma's "eyes were very glassy and bloodshot" and the smell of alcohol came from inside his car.

Verma told the trooper he had come from a friend's house. The trooper noticed on one of Verma's arms an orange wristband of the kind used at local nightclubs to identify people of legal age to consume alcohol.

After Verma failed a field sobriety exercise he had agreed to take, the trooper arrested him and had him sit in the rear of the patrol vehicle. Upon being read the Miranda warning, Verma declined to speak with the trooper any further.

The trooper wrote that he noticed that Verma's shirt had a white substance directly under his head.

That substance was field tested by a Tallahassee Police Department officer who arrived on the scene, and the result came back positive for cocaine. They also found a bag of cocaine on the driver's side door. 

The trooper wrote he found a backpack in the car's trunk that contained a a green leafy substance that field tested for marijuana.

A digital scale was also in the car as well as 21 glass vials with a green liquid inside. Each vial field tested for marijuana or THC.

At the jail, Verma declined to submit to a test to determine his breath's alcoholic content.

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