A Friday afternoon traffic stop on Interstate 75 led Lee County sheriff's deputies to 90 pounds of pot and an East Coast man who they believe was transporting it across the state.
Khalfani Norman Robb, 31, of Miramar, was arrested after a drug sniffing dog detected about $360,000 worth of marijuana in the vehicle he was riding in, according to arrest reports. He is facing charges of trafficking marijuana over 25 pounds, possession of marijuana with intent to sell or deliver, and keeping a vehicle for drugs.
Just after 4 p.m., a deputy with the Sheriff's Office's Highway Interdiction Unit noticed a 2012 Chevy Suburban traveling north on I-75, reports said. Robb, the front seat passenger, was siting in a reclined position with his feet on the dashboard and no seat belt, reports said.
The female driver, later identified as Lashano P. Kelly, 21, slowed to 60 mph in a 70 mph zone for no apparent reason, reports said.
The deputy said he initiated a traffic stop and made contact with Robb, who apologized for not wearing his seat belt. Robb was very nervous, his face was twitching uncontrollably, even after being told he would only receive a warning, authorities said. The deputy said he became more suspicious after Robb and Kelly claimed they were cousins, yet they did not know each other's names.
As he asked Kelly for her license, he could smell the faint odor of raw marijuana, reports said.
The deputy had his K-9 conduct a free air sniff of the vehicle and gave a positive alert. Upon entering the vehicle from the rear hatch, the deputy located an orange 5 gallon bucket of marijuana inside a box. There were five more boxes, each containing between 15 and 17 pounds of pot, reports said.
Robb has a previous criminal history for distributing marijuana. It is unclear if Kelly was charged with a crime.