NAPLES — On Thursday, April 9, 2009, at approximately 7:03 p.m., members of the Lee County Sheriff's Office Special Investigations Division conducted a traffic stop on a black Ford Taurus traveling on I-75 near mile marker 143/Bayshore Road. The suspect vehicle was pulled over for traveling too closely behind another vehicle.
Investigators made contact with the driver of the Taurus and observed several indicators of criminal activity.
The Lee County Sheriff's Office K-9 Unit responded to assist with the investigation. Agency canine Sapper alerted detectives to the presence of narcotics inside the vehicle.
A subsequent search of the suspect's vehicle revealed a total of five (5) kilos of cocaine, worth an estimated street value of $150,000, concealed under a rear seat. Each kilo was packaged in the shape of a brick, wrapped in black electrical tape. Combined, the five packages weighed a total of 12.6 pounds.
Both subjects were arrested and transported to the Lee County Jail. Due to the large of narcotics present in the vehicle, the Fort Myers Drug Enforcement Agency assumed the investigation and is charging both suspects with federal drug charges.
Arrested and charged are Timothy Williams,38, of 601 NE 36th Street, Miami, and Melinore Fair, 57, of 3520 Grand Avenue, Miami.