A white Nissan doing 99 mph on Alligator Alley attracted the attention of a state trooper Friday night, who says he found more than 2½ pounds of cocaine in the trunk and marijuana in the driver’s sock.
Eric Renaldo Williams, 27, of Tampa, faces up to 30 years in a state prison without release for 15 years if convicted of the cocaine possession charge, a first-degree felony, and 15 years for felony possession with intent to sell. He is being held in the Collier County jail on $21,750 bond.
Shortly before 6 p.m., Trooper J.R. Moore was on patrol near mile-marker 95, when he spotted the car eastbound and estimated it was doing 100 mph, a report says. He turned on his radar, which showed 99 mph and stopped the car on the shoulder.
The driver who gave his name as Titus Williams said he’d left his license at home and his “auntie” owned the car. But the trooper checked his fingerprints and discovered that was a bogus name and birthdate, his license was suspended and he was wanted in Hillsborough County on a warrant for driving with a suspended license.
Due to a strong marijuana odor, the report says, the trooper searched the car and found the roughly 2½-pound brick of cocaine, tightly wrapped in a backpack in the trunk. As he continued searching, Williams yelled to him and let him take off his shoe, where there was about a one-quarter ounce of marijuana stashed in a plastic bag in his sock.
Williams also was charged with driving with a suspended license, a third-degree felony, and misdemeanor counts of providing a false name and marijuana possession.
Hillsborough court records show his record includes a conviction for misdemeanor marijuana possession in October and providing a false name to a law enforcement officer and driving with a suspended license in 2010.