Driver Arrested With $70,000 Worth Of Ecstasy In Georgia

On Wednesday, deputies with the Monroe County Sheriff’s Officer in Georgia arrested a driver for allegedly possessing multiple pounds of illegal drugs.

“Officials say at around 5:37 a.m. Wednesday, a deputy with the Monroe County Sheriff’s Officer noticed a Nissan Altima that they believed had a fraudulent temporary Florida license plate,” Fox 5 Atlanta reported. “After confirming the tag was registered to another vehicle, the deputy stopped the driver, identified as Tampa resident Soleita Gamboa.”

“While speaking to Gamboa, officials say the deputy smelled marijuana coming from the car. A search revealed over 4.5 pounds of Ecstasy pills and marijuana,” the outlet added. “In total, officials estimate the value of the drugs were around $70,000.”

Gamboa was arrested and has been charged with with trafficking Ecstasy, possession of less than an ounce of marijuana, unlawful use of a license plate to conceal or misrepresent the identity, operating an unregistered vehicle, and window tint.

The news comes as the crisis at the southern border of the United States has led to sharp increases in the trafficking of dangerous illegal drugs like fentanyl and ecstasy. According to Customs and Border Protection (CBP), the amount of ecstasy seized at the southern border in 2022 was three times more than the amount seized in 2020 – before President Biden entered office. Seizures of fentanyl have similarly tripled under Biden.

The lack of border security under President Biden has resulted in a record high level of illegal immigration. According to data from Customs and Border Protection (CBP), border agents encountered an all-time record of 2,378,944 migrants attempting to illegally cross the U.S. border with Mexico in fiscal year 2022. That record dwarfed the previous record of 1,734,686 migrant encounters that was set in 2021 – Biden’s first year of office.

D & B Staff

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