If you’ve noticed an increased presence of sheriff’s office personnel on Martin County’s highways recently, you’re seeing a targeted operation to identify criminals traveling through our backyard.
A recent traffic stop yielded 1.6 kilograms of cocaine being transported by Joseph M McMullen, a convicted felon from Delray Beach.
McMullen was headed northbound on Florida’s Turnpike through Martin County when he was stopped by MCSO Sergeant Bryan Parrett. Sergeant Parret’s K9 “Nero” immediately alerted, indicating that something wasn’t right.
MCSO’s Narcotics Detectives, along with the K9 Unit, found the drugs, along with 1 kilogram of cutting compounds in the spare tire compartment of McMullen’s vehicle.
Those drugs have an estimated value of $45,000, before being broken down into smaller quantities for street sales.
McMullen was previously released from prison in 2014.
He has a criminal history which contains numerous charges including Robbery with a Firearm, Possession of Firearm by Convicted Felon, Burglary, Battery on Law Enforcement Officer and Fleeing/Eluding.
MCSO takes our community’s safety very seriously, and as long as the bad guys continue to use our travel corridors, the Sheriff’s Office will keep the brave guys standing ready at the gate.