Monroe County sheriff’s deputies arrested and charged two men with trafficking cocaine after a large amount of the drug was found in their SUV during a traffic stop Monday night.
Micheller Cenatus, 32, of Homestead and Whendid Estinfil, 27, of Florida City, were initially pulled over for speeding on U.S. 1 in Marathon at 10 p.m., after a deputy noticed their red 2014 Dodge Journey tailgating his unmarked patrol car and eventually passing him at a speed well above the limit.
When Cenatus, who was driving the car, rolled down the window, the deputy spotted a gun on the floorboard between his feet, and called for backup.
The deputies then removed the two from the vehicle, recovered the loaded Sig Sauer 9mm handgun and found 38 grams of cocaine, both crack and powder.
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“The cocaine was packaged in individual bags, as if for sale,” according to a police statement.
Centaus was also charged with possession of a weapon while committing a felony and possession of cocaine after a small amount was found in his pocket. Estinfil initially gave police a false name, but was later correctly identified by his fingerprints.
“A check on his real name revealed three felony warrants from Miami-Dade County,” said sheriff’s spokeswoman Becky Herrin.
Estinfil was further charged with those warrants and with giving the deputies a false name.
Both are being held at Monroe County Jail on no bond.