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Seminole County K-9 officer Layla helps locate drugs during traffic stop

On Friday, March 12th, around 1 a.m., Bainbridge Public Safety Captain Toby Miller was patrolling on the Bainbridge Bypass when he observed a vehicle driving erratically and crossing over the center line multiple times. BPS Captain Miller followed the vehicle as it exited at Dothan Road, traveling at a high rate of speed. A traffic stop was initiated near the Circle K on Dothan Road.

With assistance from Seminole County Sheriff K-9 Officer Layla, and  Seminole County Sheriff Sergeant Jim Shingler, a search was performed on the vehicle, and officers were alerted to illegal drug activity. Inside the vehicle, officers located a large amount of cash and approximately five pounds of marijuana, most of which was contained in several large vacuum-sealed plastic bags.

Mario Torenzo Betsey, 47, of Riverdale, and Mark Anthony Crooms, 52, of College Park were arrested and charged with possession with intent to distribute, a felony. The case was turned over to Bainbridge Public Safety Investigator Chris Jordan.

Captain Miller shared his appreciation with the Seminole County Sheriff’s Office for their assistance and stated, “It’s always beneficial when law enforcement agencies work together to combat illegal activity in our communities.”

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