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Wednesday, October 5, 2022

Speeding driver with illicit drug tucked in purse nabbed in Wildwood

Latasha Wingster
Latasha Wingster

A speeding driver was nabbed with an illicit drug tucked in her purse.

Latasha Monique Wingster, 43, of Orlando, was driving a dark-colored Chevy passenger car which was traveling at 55 miles per hour in a 35 mph zone at 7:41 p.m. Tuesday at U.S. 301 and County Road 462, according to an arrest report from the Wildwood Police Department.

During a traffic stop, a male passenger claimed he had a medical marijuana card after an officer who approached the vehicle detected the odor of burnt marijuana. The officer reminded the pair that it is illegal to smoke marijuana in a vehicle, even when in possession of a medical marijuana card.

The officer searched Wingster’s purse and found a white powdery substance in a Newport cigarette pack. The substance was identified as MDMA which goes by the street name “Molly.” The substance weighed 4.6 grams.

Wingster was arrested on a felony drug possession charge and issued a written warning for speeding. She was booked at the Sumter County Detention Center on $2,000 bond.

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