A traffic stop in Key Largo Sunday afternoon led to the Monroe County Sheriff's Office bomb squad being called to deal with a suspicious package and the arrest of at least one man by federal agents.
The Sheriff's Office could not release much detail about the incident but it appears serious. Questions are being referred to the FBI, said Sheriff's Office media relations officer Deputy Becky Herrin.
The FBI’s Tampa office, which is handling the case, issued a statement Monday indicating the incident stemmed from one of its active investigations.
“FBI Tampa has an active investigation that did extend to Monroe County where law enforcement action was taken. Other than the law enforcement action of which you’re already aware, the investigation is ongoing, so no further comment is possible at this time. I can assure you that the activity provides no reason for general concern from the community.”
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The FBI issued another statement saying a man named Brandon Russell was arrested, but the statement did not say what the charge or charges are on which he was booked.
“Working with multiple Law Enforcement partners in the Middle and Southern districts of Florida, FBI Tampa coordinated the arrest of Brandon Russell related to an ongoing investigation that originated in FBI Tampa’s jurisdiction. No further comment can be made due to the active nature of said investigation.”
The vehicle was pulled over on the southbound side of U.S. 1 at mile marker 99 near the Burger King.
The restaurant was briefly evacuated “out of an abundance of caution,” Herrin said.
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