NWGA Scanner | February 27th, 2022

Florida couple arrested in Floyd County after seatbelt violation leads to large amount of marijuana and gun 

According to a Floyd County Police Department incident report, on February 15th, 2022 at 10:44 PM, Officer Ribot-Aviles was at the Sonoco Gas Station on Alabama Hwy (Ga 20) by the state line. Officer Ribot-Aviles reported, “[I] was on a marked patrol unit, visible for traffic, and stationary. [I] then saw [I] white pickup vehicle pass my location. The front passenger, looked my direction and moved his left side upper body toward the door. [I] saw he was wearing a light color shirt. [I] did not see the shoulder strap over his body. At that time, [I] had reason to believed that the front passenger was not wearing his seatbelt. [I] activated the blue lights and siren to initiate a traffic stop. We already have stopped inside Alabama by Hwy 9. The vehicle had commercial letterings in the doors and it had a Florida plate. As [I] am approaching the vehicle, [I] was able to smell a strong odor of marijuana. [I] then made contact with the driver, and informed them the reason of the stop. As I am informing the seatbelt issue, [I] saw the passenger lowering his head and making a facial expression by tensing his check muscles and constricting his lips. As [I] am gathering the information, [I] asked about the smell of marijuana.” The officer was advised by the driver, identified as Sabrina Nicolle Pasquino, 40, of Lake Placid, Florida that there was marijuana and there was a lot. She also informed me that she had a firearm inside the vehicle. The front passenger Colby James Smith, 20, Lake Placid, Florida, then pulled a large size ziplock bag with a marijuana then he also pulled a glass jar with even more marijuana. Officer Ribot-Aviles, “At that point, based on my experience, [I] knew they had more than an ounce in their possession. Ms. Pasquino knew about the amount. At first Mr. Smith stated that the large amount was his. He was handcuffed and placed in the backseat of my patrol vehicle. During the investigation, [I] mirandized Ms. Pasquino, and she advised that they were driving from Florida to Alabama. She stated that they were going to work around the Alabama University. Florida is a Medical Cannabis state but she did not have a medical marijuana license. Based on her knowledge of the marijuana being inside the vehicle, she was also arrested. Smith and Pasquino were both transported to the Floyd County Jail charged with possession of marijuana, and possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony. Smith was also charged with seat belt requirement.

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