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Man from Mexico arrested, held on $500,000 bond after cops find over 3 pounds of marijuana in car

Jose Avila-Zumadio, 32, of Guadalajara, Mexico
Jose Avila-Zumadio, 32, of Guadalajara, Mexico

A man from Mexico is being held on a $500,000 bond after he was caught with over three pounds of marijuana during a traffic stop in Hainesville, police said.

Jose Avila-Zumadio, 32, of Guadalajara, Mexico, was stopped by Round Lake Park police for a traffic violation on Saturday at around 4:15 p.m. in the area of Route 134 and Fairlawn Drive near Hainesville. Avila-Zumadio was arrested for not having a valid drivers license.

Authorities said that during an inventory check of Avila-Zumadio’s vehicle, officers found 3.25 pounds of marijuana. The street value of the marijuana is approximately $15,000. Police officers also found Avila-Zumadio to be in possession of approximately $1,900 in cash. He also had a forged Mexican passport, Round Lake Park Police Chief George Filenko said.

The traffic stop happened near Fairlawn Drive and Route 134 near Hainesville.
The traffic stop happened near Fairlawn Drive and Route 134 near Hainesville.

Avila-Zumadio was charged with unlawful possession of a controlled substance with intent to distribute (class 2 felony), unlawful possession of a controlled substance (class 3 felony), and forgery (class 3 felony).

He was held overnight and appeared in bond court Sunday morning where a $500,000 bond was set.

“Individuals being arrested for transporting drugs from Mexico is common in states along the border. It wasn’t the smartest move committing a minor traffic offense near a police station. A bad day for Mr. Zumadio,” Round Lake Park Police Chief George Filenko said in a statement.


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