Police: Man pulled over for seat belt found to have 37 pounds of pot

Published: Thursday, January 23, 2014 at 11:50 a.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, January 23, 2014 at 11:50 a.m.

A Colorado man was arrested Wednesday night on Interstate 75 by the Gainesville Police Department after officers say they found three suitcases filled with 37 pounds of marijuana in his car.

Police conducted a traffic stop on Scott Harmon, 35, of Peyton, Colo., for not wearing his seat belt on I-75 near Micanopy, the police report said.

GPD spokesman Officer Ben Tobias said the officer who arrested Harmon works with the Highway Enforcement Team. The team, which is a part of the Gainesville-Alachua County Drug Task Force, specifically looks for drug violations on the highway, Tobias said.

As the officer was inspecting Harmon’s vehicle, he said he smelled the odor of marijuana coming from the car, police reported. When the officer asked Harmon for his driver’s license and the car’s registration, he gave officers a Colorado driver’s license with the name Sid Harmon on it, the report said.

Police said Harmon then consented to a search of his car, where police found three black suitcases in the trunk of the car containing 37 pounds of marijuana wrapped in clear plastic bags. After he was arrested, police said Harmon told them the driver’s license he had provided was actually his brother’s and that his license was hidden in his backpack, the report said.

Harmon was charged with a felony count of drug trafficking and a misdemeanor count of giving a false name to an officer. He was being held Thursday at the Alachua County jail in lieu of $125,000 bond.

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