BROOKSVILLE, Fla. (WFLA) – A Florida man and woman were arrested in Brooksville after the FHP said it found methamphetamines in their vehicle during a stop Monday afternoon.
The Florida Highway Patrol said Russell Johnson, 44, of Gainesville, was hit by a car crossing at 110 mph on I-75 in a gray Nissan Altima.
When FHP spoke to Johnson, he said he was driving fast because “he’s a good driver”. There was also a woman in the car, identified as 43-year-old Amanda Byram of Alachua.
After the FHP ordered both Johnson and Byram out of the vehicle, Flip, an FHP K9 conducted free air sniffing, where he alerted soldiers to something in the vehicle.
At that point, both Johnson and Byram were in custody.
The soldiers then searched the vehicle and they said they found a plastic bag with a small amount of crystals in it, a folded dollar bill with a small amount of “white” substance in it, several items individual and a lock. black box.
One soldier obtained the code from Byram and inside the box, the soldiers said they found 122.3 grams of drugs and drug paraphernalia.
Byram initially told the soldiers that everything found in the car was hers. The FHP said when they returned to view the video from inside the soldier’s vehicle where the two were being held, they heard Johnson give Byram the code number into the black box and tell her she must “admit guilt if no he will go to jail forever.”
The soldiers said Byram later told them she was an “addict” and that she had spent thousands of dollars buying drugs from Johnson. FHP said a search of Byram’s phone showed text messages confirming this.
Johnson allegedly told law enforcement he was unaware of anything found in the vehicle.
Johnson and Byram were both sent to Hernando County Jail for a number of drug charges.
On the bus ride to the prison, arresting soldiers said Johnson made several threatening statements to him, including that would “take him away from his family.”
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