Two arrested on I-75 with 10 pounds of marijuana


Pedro Manzano Fernandez, 35, of Illinois, and Rey Alejandro Sanz-Rodriguez, 23, of Cuba, were arrested yesterday after their car was pulled over on I-75 for following too closely.

The Gainesville Police Department officer who pulled them over reported that Sanz-Rodriguez was the driver and Manzano Fernandez was the front-seat passenger. She reported that she could smell marijuana on initial contact with the occupants of the car, and after completing the traffic stop and returning all documents to the vehicle’s occupants, she reported that the occupants consented to a search of the vehicle.

The officer located three garbage bags that held ten one-pound sealed bags of marijuana. She also found 1.18 grams of cocaine in Manzano Fernandez’ wallet. She reported that Manzano Fernandez was positively identified via his Illinois ID card, and Sanz-Rodriguez was identified by his Cuban passport.

Manzano Fernandez has been charged with possession of a controlled substance without a prescription and possession of marijuana with intent to sell and is being held on $55,000 bail. Sanz-Rodriguez has been charged with possession of marijuana with intent to sell and is being held on $25,000 bail.

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. 

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