Over $45,000, guns and drugs found during FHP traffic stop on State Road 293
An Alabama man was arrested during the weekend after a Florida Highway Patrol trooper reportedly found more than 20 grams of marijuana, multiple firearms and a large sum of cash in the man's vehicle.
An FHP’s Criminal Interdiction Unit was patrolling on Friday in Okaloosa County, according to an FHP press release. About 3:19 p.m. on State Road 293 the trooper reportedly observed a black Chrysler 300 traveling southbound at 78 mph in a 55 mph zone.
The trooper conducted a traffic stop and identified the driver as 25-year-old Bryce Landrus Berry of Center Point, Alabama. While speaking with Berry, the trooper discovered the car was a rental and not in his name.
The trooper requested to see the rental agreement and when Berry went to open the glove box the trooper observed a large sum of cash secured by a rubber band, FHP reported. Berry allegedly closed the glove box quickly and told the trooper two different stories.
Berry first stated the car was rented for him by his cousin, but then allegedly said it was rented by his friend to take his daughter on vacation.
After contacting the rental company, the company requested the vehicle be towed because of a violation of the rental agreement, according to FHP. The trooper inquired about the large sum of money he had observed in the glove box while waiting for the tow truck to arrive.
Berry reportedly could not provide documentation for the money and told the trooper he didn’t realize he had that much money with him.
The trooper then asked Berry if he had any illegal items in the car and Berry allegedly admitted he had one firearm in the center console and another in the rear center console. He also reportedly told the trooper he had about 28 grams of marijuana in a black backpack in the trunk.
A criminal history check revealed Berry had multiple previous felony convictions, including possession of drugs and firearms offenses, FHP reported. This prompted the trooper to conduct a probable cause search on the vehicle.
The search led to the discovery of a Glock 19X gun in the front console and a FN 5.7 gun in the rear console. The trooper also found four blue bags containing about 30 grams of marijuana inside of a black backpack in the truck, according to FHP.
Almost $45,000 was found in the glove box. Berry was arrested and taken to the Okaloosa County Jail on charges of possession of firearms by a convicted felon, possession of a firearm in commission of a felony and possession of marijuana over 20 grams.
According to Okaloosa County court records, his bond has been set at $10,000 for the first offense and $5,000 and $2,500 for the two following charges.