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Lake Wales Man Tasered After Fleeing Traffic Stop – Vehicle Allegedly Had 2.5 Lbs Of Synthetic Marijuana In It

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Lake Wales, Florida –  On Friday August 26, 2016 Lake Wales Police Officer  Jones observed and heard a white BMW vehicle driving in the area D St. with their music blaring and booming. He conducted a traffic stop on this vehicle at E St across from Roosevelt School. Officer  Jones approached the driver, Joseph Howard (a 29 year old Lake Wales resident),  and advised him the reason for the stop. Howard allegedly became nervous and fidgety and exited his vehicle. Howard then took off running through the yards going north down E Street with Officers Jones and  Officer Waldron in pursuit while Officers Arana and Jerome set up perimeter and security of the stopped vehicle and police cars. Ofc Waldron caught up to Howard who refused all of the commands to cease and desist his behavior and he was subsequently stopped by Waldron applying his taser. After being tased Howard fell to the ground where he then complied and was arrested.

During a search of Howard and his vehicle the following was discovered:


–          Howard had $515 in his front left pants pocket.

–          Driver door there was a blunt of synthetic marijuana

–          Next to the driver seat on the floor between the seat and the door were two (2) bags of “Caution” and One (1) bag of “Dr. Dang” full of synthetic marijuana.

–          Under the driver seat was another blunt of synthetic marijuana.

–          Behind the driver seat was a red Comcast bag which contained the following:

·         157 “Dr Dang” (628 grams)

·         67 “What’s up!” (402 grams)

·         17 “Caution” (68 grams)

·         2 iBlown (5 grams)

·         2 AK 47 (10 grams)

·         2 Kush (5 grams)

·         1 Matrix (6 grams)

·         1 Green Giant (5 grams)

·         1 Invy (4 grams)

·         1 Klimax (10 grams)

·         1 California Dreams (4 grams)

(All of these bags were full of suspected synthetic marijuana.)

–          Two (2) almost full trash bags of loose synthetic marijuana. One bag weighed approximately 3 pounds and the other 4 pounds.

–          Three (3) smaller bags contained the following amounts of loose synthetic marijuana:

·         137.7 grams

·         108.5 grams

·         3.7 grams

–          Six (6) garbage bags that appeared to have been already package and sold had the following remaining amounts of loose synthetic marijuana still in them:

·         57.9 grams

·         29.9 grams

·         20.4 grams

·         13.7 grams

·         13.6 grams

·         12.1 grams

–          Also in large zip lock baggies were the following empty packaging bags:

·         243 “Dr Dang”

·         127 “Mr. Happy”

·         119 “Original Spice Gold”

·         83 “Caution”

·         59 “What’s Up!”

·         46 “Exodus”

·         15 “OHH NOOO!!!”

·         11 “Matrix”

·         10 “Joker”

·         8 “iBlown”

·         7 “Xtreme Brandy”

·         7 “Green Giant”

·         6 “Kush”

·         5 “AK 47”

·         4 “Xtreme lime”

·         2 “Mind trip”

·         2 “XXX Platinum”

·         1 “Scooby Snax”

·         1 “Hipster”

·         1 “The kirate kid”

·         1 “7H”

·         1 “Blayze”

·         1 “Born wild”

·         1 “Klimax”

The total weight of package synthetic marijuana was 2.5 pounds.
The total weight of loose synthetic marijuana was 7 pounds 14 ounces.
The total combined weight of synthetic marijuana was 10.4 pounds.
The synthetic marijuana is being sent to FDLE for testing.
A small amount of marijuana was located. Howard was arrested and booked in for possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia, and resisting arrest. Additional charges are pending. 

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