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FHP nabs woman with $11,100 in cash and 44 pounds of marijuana in Wildwood

Jessica Florentino

The Florida Highway Patrol arrested a speeding driver with $11,100 in cash and more than 44 pounds of marijuana on the Florida Turnpike in Wildwood.

Jessica Florentino, 35, of Pembrooke Pines, had been driving a black Chevy SUV on Wednesday night when she was caught on radar traveling at 90 miles per hour near Mile Marker 299, according to an arrest report.

When a trooper approached the SUV “a strong odor of marijuana” was detected. Florentino presented the trooper with a Florida identification card. A check revealed multiple suspensions of her driver’s license dating back to 2012 for criminal failure to pay.

A Florida Highway Patrol trooper found more than $11,000 in cash in Jessica Florentine’s purse.

Two large trash bags were found in the SUV and they contained 42 sealed medical marijuana bags from California with a combined weight of 44.4 pounds. A box of 30 Alprazolam pills was also discovered in the vehicle. The $11,100 in cash was found in Florentino’s purse.

You can see the arrest in this video:

Florentino was arrested on charges of marijuana trafficking, drug possession and driving while license suspended. She was booked at the Sumter County Detention Center and released after posting $53,000 bond.

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