Port St. Lucie records biggest cocaine seizure year

PORT ST. LUCIE — A Thursday afternoon traffic stop on Southwest Becker Road turned into the Port St. Lucie police department's biggest cocaine seizure of the year, according to an affidavit released Friday and a detective.

An officer stopped a 2007 Chevrolet van after spotting it traveling 58 mph in a 40 mph zone. The driver, 41-year-old Julian Garcia, of Hialeah, had a suspended license, and was taken into custody on a charge of driving while license suspended with knowledge.

A records check showed Garcia also had a cocaine trafficking warrant out of Hendry County, Detective Garrett Canady said.

A police K-9 was brought in and alerted to the van's rear, where police found a plastic bag containing about 10.5 ounces of cocaine.

Garcia's 4-year-old child also was in the van along with the child's mother.

Garcia declined to speak with investigators, while the passenger said she knew nothing about the cocaine. The child was turned over to her.

Garcia was arrested on felony charges including trafficking in cocaine, possession of cocaine and child neglect in addition to the Hendry County warrant.

Canady said the cocaine is worth about $13,000 and is the department's largest cocaine seizure of the year.

Garcia was held Friday in the St. Lucie County jail in lieu of $165,000 bail, a jail official said.

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