Drugs found in car being driven by individual with suspended license

January 23, 2020

Drugs found in car being driven by individual with suspended license

Media Contact: Makayla Chancey, PIO

In the early hours of January 22, 2020 around 1 a.m., a Hardee County Sheriff’s Office deputy was patrolling in Zolfo Springs when he conducted a traffic stop on Esbeida Maldonado, who not only had a suspended license, but also a seize tag order for her car.

As another officer responded to the scene and the deputy initiating the traffic stop approached Maldonado’s parked vehicle, she told law enforcement she knew her license was suspended. A records check on her also revealed this wasn’t her first time driving while knowing her license was suspended, since she had previous charges for the same offense.

As the deputy informed Maldonado she was being placed under arrest, she also said there was meth inside the vehicle. Promptly after hearing her confession, deputies searched her car and located several clear baggies, consistent with those used to sell drugs. Several of the baggies held a white, crystallized product, matching the appearance of methamphetamine. Two other baggies were found, containing a green leafy material, and $350 worth of cash was also located in the car.

Law enforcement did test the substances found and they gave a positive alert to the presence of meth, synthetic cannabis and marijuana. The total amount of drugs recovered with packing was approximately 10.7 grams of meth, about 1.3 grams of marijuana and approximately 2.1 grams of synthetic cannabis.

Maldonado was given a free ride to the Hardee County Jail and was booked in with the charges of selling methamphetamine, possession of synthetic cannabis and marijuana, drug equipment possession and driving while license suspended or revoked with knowledge.

A word to the wise, don’t drive if you know you don’t have a valid license and especially don’t get involved with illegal drugs. If you do, we’ll gladly save a cell for you at the county jail.