UPDATE: Charges reduced in cocaine arrest

Joe Taylor
jtaylor@news-press.com

Marco Island police took to Twitter on Sept. 10 to announce that Shift D officers made a traffic stop that yielded 12 packaged bags of cocaine and a firearm.

Marco police.

But the State Attorney reduced the charges against the man.

Capt. Dave Baer said the arrest took place at 9:45 p.m. on Sept. 8 in the 2500 block of San Marco Boulevard when officers stopped a 1996 silver Lexus for speeding. The vehicle had passengers, police said, and was not owned by the driver.

Police said Mario Munoz, 28, of Naples was charged with possession of a controlled substance; possession of controlled substance with intent to sell; driving under suspension; felon in possession of firearm; carrying a concealed weapon; violation of probation. The firearm and magazine were in the glovebox, the drugs in the driver-side door, police said.

The State Attorney’s Office for the 20th Judicial Circuit has subsequently reduced the charges to that of a motor vehicle infraction and the Marco Island Sun Times is doing a follow-up investigation of the issues surrounding the dropping of the more serious charges.