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Habitual traffic offender arrested on multiple charges, including possession of drugs and stolen credit cards

BY JENNIFER CABRERA

Nikole Annelle Peters, 42, was arrested early this morning on charges of possessing identification belong to others, possessing drugs and drug equipment, driving without a valid license, and driving with a forged tag.

Peters was pulled over by an Alachua County Sheriff’s Deputy early this morning after the deputy ran her tag and found that she had a felony warrant. He then learned that her tag had expired in September of 2021 and had a “seize tag” order. He reported that he later found that the decal had been altered with a marker to change “21” to “22.” The driver was asked to exit the car and was detained.

A K-9 unit that arrived at the scene alerted on the vehicle, giving probable cause to search it. The search reportedly found a debit card, Florida DOC inmate card, food stamp card, social security card, and Florida identification card, all belonging to the same man; a debit card belonging to a second man; a used methamphetamine pipe; about 4.81 grams of methamphetamine and 5.47 grams of synthetic APVP, spread over multiple baggies; 2 hydrocodone pills; 19 amphetamine dextroamphetamine; more methamphetamine pipes; cut straws with residue; two scales; and clear empty baggies. The deputy wrote that based on his training and experience, the items are “indicative of street level drug sales and distribution.”

Peters was also driving on a suspended driver’s license. The warrant was for violation of probation in a 2021 case in which she was charged with cocaine possession; the probation officer reported that Peters admitted to using alcohol on December 3, 2021, in violation of the condition that she not use alcohol or illegal drugs. She was convicted of a second offense of driving with a suspended license in 2021, making her a habitual offender.

Peters has been charged with possessing five or more pieces of identification belonging to others, possession of drug equipment, possession of an opium derivative, driving while license is suspended-habitual offender, possession of a controlled substance without a prescription, and forgery of a tag. She is being held without bail on the probation violation and $95,000 bail on the other charges.

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