South Florida man described as “narcotics mule” arrested on I-75

Staff report

GAINESVILLE, Fla. – Corey Jay Smith, 29, of Sunrise, FL, was arrested last night and charged with possession of marijuana with intent to sell after officers reported finding more than 23 pounds of marijuana in his car. A press release from the 8th Judicial Circuit State Attorney’s Office described Smith as a “narcotics mule.”

At about 8 p.m., a Gainesville Police Department K-9 handler who is assigned to the 8th Judicial Circuit-Gainesville Police Highway Enforcement Team conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle for driving 78 mph in a 70 mph zone. Smith was reportedly the driver and sole occupant of the vehicle.

When the officer approached the vehicle, she reported that she could smell a strong odor of burnt marijuana coming from inside the vehicle. Smith reportedly said he did not have a Florida medical marijuana card and denied consent to search the vehicle, but the officer explained that the marijuana odor gave her probable cause to search the vehicle.

Smith reportedly admitted that he had “a few pounds” of marijuana in the car, but he didn’t know how much because he was just driving the marijuana to Alabama for a friend.

A search of the vehicle reportedly produced two white trash bags in the rear cargo area with 19 vacuum-sealed bags of marijuana (about 19 pounds total). Another one-pound vacuum-sealed bag of marijuana was reportedly found in a backpack in the back seat, and there was a baggie with 20.5 grams of marijuana in the center console, along with several burnt marijuana “blunts.”

Photo courtesy State Attorney’s Office

Post Miranda, Smith reportedly admitted that he knew there was marijuana in the car and that he was driving it to Alabama for a friend.

Smith has been charged with possession of marijuana with intent to sell. He has no criminal history; Judge Susan Miller-Jones set bail at $50,000.

Articles about arrests are based on reports from law enforcement agencies. The charges listed are taken from the arrest report and/or court records and are only accusations. All suspects are innocent until proven guilty in a court of law. 

    • You failed reading comprehension in school didn’t you? He was pulled over for doing 78 in a 70, the cop smelled an odor of burnt marijuana which gave her probable cause to search the vehicle even though he denied consent, his own admission was that he had a couple pounds.

      • The thing is… GPD usually gives you up to 10 over. So it is a little unusual. Maybe they are stricter nowadays, trying to make money for the broke city that has been run into the ground by Lauren Poe, et al. His attorney should check to see how many tickets like his they typically write if going 8 over got him busted.

    • Might have been the dozen or more marijuana retailers here in Gainesville. He’s cutting into their profits.

  • If the cops are not that smart then criminals must be the real dumbasses of society because they keep getting arrested by cops. Who in your words are not that are not that smart. Stay woke buddy.

  • With his mugshot, he might be able to convince the judge that it’s for personal use.

  • You don’t have to be that smart to bust the dumb asses doing dumb crap that goes on in this town

    • You’re right UFH. Dangerous Marijuana!!!
      Let me see, I believe we have over a dozen marijuana retailers here in Gainesville.

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