Putnam County

Palatka K-9 officer finds drugs and gun during traffic stop

K-9 Officer Blaine Snyder and Narcotic Detection Dog Tito

PALATKA, Fla. — A police officer found a 9mm handgun, $2,000 cash, a weighing scale and 31 grams of cocaine during a traffic stop on Tuesday night, according to a Facebook post from the Palatka Police Department.

Police said Lajohndria Rollins, 27, was driving without headlights on and was pulled over on Bronson Street by K-9 Officer Blaine Snyder.


While Snyder was speaking to Rollins, he detected the smell of alcohol, according to the post. Another officer arrived and was asked to by Snyder to conduct a field sobriety test.

Meanwhile, Snyder’s narcotic detection dog Tito was walked around the vehicle and alerted the officers to the presence of drugs, the post said.

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Rollins was determined to be sober but refused to unlock the car door for officers to conduct a search.

As a result, Rollins was arrested for resisting an officer and the vehicle was searched, which is when the cocaine, gun and cash was found, according to the post.

Rollins is a convicted felon and has been charged with trafficking in cocaine, possession of cocaine with intent to sell, possession of a firearm while in the commission of a felony, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, possession of ammunition by a convicted felon, and resisting without violence.

Rollins was taken to Putnam County Jail.

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