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Routine Traffic Stop in Seminole Woods Leads to Major Cocaine Bust

In what turned into much more than a routine traffic stop, the Flagler County Sheriff's Office made a significant cocaine seizure on Wednesday, January 24, in the Seminole Woods area of Palm Coast. The incident, which unfolded around 2:45 p.m., began when a deputy noticed a vehicle with large cracks in the windshield on Squash Blossom Trail, obstructing the driver's view.

The situation took a curious turn when the deputy observed the driver, 21-year-old Ja Corey Benjamin, and his passenger, 23-year-old A’Onesty Perry, swapping seats. Benjamin moved to the backseat, while Perry took over the driver's position after their vehicle pulled into a ditch along the roadway. Approaching the vehicle, deputies were hit with a strong smell of cannabis, prompting a search based on probable cause.

The search yielded a startling discovery: a clear plastic bag containing about 8.3 grams of a white rock-like substance and a digital scale with residue of the same substance. Both items tested positive for cocaine in a presumptive test. Although Benjamin admitted to switching seats in the vehicle, he denied owning the crack cocaine.

The consequences were swift and serious. Benjamin was transported to the Sheriff Perry Hall Inmate Detention Facility, facing charges for Possession of Cocaine with Intent to Sell, Possession of Marijuana (20g or Less), and Driving While License Suspended. He is currently held on a $6,000 bond.

Perry, too, faced immediate arrest and was taken to the same detention facility. His charges mirror Benjamin's, including Possession of Cocaine with Intent to Sell, Possession of Marijuana (20g or Less), and Permitting Any Unauthorized Person to Drive. He is being held on a $5,500 bond.

Sheriff Rick Staly commended Corporal Green for his sharp observation and quick action in apprehending the suspects. He said, “Great job by Corporal Green for his attention to detail and seeing through these two poison peddlers’ little game of musical chairs during the traffic stop.” Sheriff Staly issued a stern warning to others involved in narcotics in Flagler County, stating, “if you’re carrying or selling narcotics in Flagler County, you’ll find yourself like these two, spending time in the Green Roof Inn.”



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