Traffic Stop Leads to 2 Arrests

By: Press Release
By: Press Release

For Immediate Release
October 20, 2011

The Walton County Sheriff’s Office (WCSO) yesterday arrested William Brown, 28, and Letrauares Hinson, 36, both of Tallahassee, Fla. Brown was charged with possession of forged driver licenses. Hinson was charged with possession of drug paraphernalia.

The investigation began Oct. 19 after Deputy Chad Biernacki and Nero, a certified narcotics detection canine, conducted a traffic stop for failing to stop at a posted stop sign near the intersection of U.S. Highway 331 and Old Jolly Bay Road in Freeport, Fla.

A probable cause search of the vehicle was conducted after Nero alerted the deputy of the possible presence of illegal narcotics in the vehicle. During the search, Deputy Biernacki discovered approximately 10 fraudulent Florida driver licenses, digital scales with white residue that field-tested positive for cocaine. Blank counterfeit checks and a list of social security numbers were also recovered.

Brown was charged with possession of fraudulent driver licenses, a third-degree felony. Hinson was charged with possession of drug paraphernalia, a first-degree misdemeanor. Hinson was also arrested for active Leon County warrants for counterfeit instruments, grand theft and failure to appear.

They were booked into the Walton County Jail.

The WCSO Canine Unit consists of four teams who assist in the apprehension of suspects and the seizure of narcotics. In 2010, the unit apprehended seven suspects and seized more than eight pounds of marijuana, 45 pounds of cocaine, two ounces of methamphetamine and $40,000 in cash.

The investigation is considered active and ongoing. Further charges are pending.

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