AVON PARK — A traffic stop led to trafficking charges Friday for two men in Avon Park after Highlands County Sheriff’s deputies found a big bag of cocaine behind the glovebox.
The driver, 22-year-old Willie Taevonnie Allen of Avon Park, allegedly drove his Kia Sportage SUV at 59 mph in a 50mph zone in the area of U.S. 27 and Stryker Road.
After he was stopped, arrest reports said, deputies asked him if he had any illegal items in the car, and he told them, no.
At that point, a second deputy asked both Willie Allen and 37-year-old Jrewmon Dontray Allen, also of Avon Park, to exit the car so his K-9 partner, “Ozzie,” could sniff around it.
Ozzie allegedly alerted on the vehicle, reports said, and deputies searched it.
Hidden in the dashboard, behind the glove compartment, was a clear plastic bag of a white chalky substance that later field-tested positive for cocaine, arrest reports said.
It also weighed a total of 146 grams, unpackaged, reports said.
Reports also said both the driver and passenger could have easily reached for the spot behind the compartment.
When told about the drugs, Willie Allen reportedly said they were not his and he did not know how they got in his car. Jrewmon Allen, reports said, declined to answer any questions without legal counsel present.
The men were arrested and the car was towed to the sheriff’s impound yard.