A Sunday afternoon traffic stop on U.S. 98 near SummerCamp, on a car following too closely to the one ahead of it, yielded more than just a routine traffic ticket.
According to a news release from the Florida Highway Patrol, at about 4:30 p.m. near the St. James Y, at the eastern end of the county where U.S. 98 curves north towards Sopchoppy, Trooper Hening observed a 2012 Honda Accord following too closely to the vehicle ahead of it.
After stopping the car in front of SummerCamp, Hening noticed the driver “was nervous and was showing signs of criminal activity.”
Asked to present his license, the driver, Jimmy Quintero, 24, of Tallahassee, said he did not have one. Quintero was asked to exit the vehicle, and upon the arrival of a deputy from the Franklin County Sheriff's Office, the vehicle was searched.
Hening located a loaded AK-9 9mm Luger semi-automatic pistol in the right floorboard under a towel, 81 grams of an unknown plant material, two grams of marijuana, eight grams of a white power substance, a digital scale, and a box of 9mm ammo.
Quintero was placed under arrest and transported to the Franklin County Jail. He was charged with driving while license suspended or revoked – third or subsequent offense, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, possession of less than 20 grams of cannabis, and following too closely.
In June 2014, Quintero was sentenced in Leon County to three years community supervision following a conviction for a Feb. 2013 grand theft of under $5,000, committed when he was 19 years old.