A 35-year-old Florida man was allegedly found to have more than $12,000 in cocaine in his possession during a Wednesday traffic stop along the portion of Interstate 95 in Sumter County.
The arrest of Alfred Francis Abbadessa of Spring Hill, Florida, was the second significant drug bust reported by the Sumter County Sheriff’s Office along the interstate in roughly two weeks. Back on Feb. 20, deputies stopped another Florida man – 32-year-old Luis Pina of Miramar – who was said to have more than $95,000 worth of heroin in his possession, as well as methamphetamines.
In this latest event, reports indicate Abbadessa had 128 grams of cocaine with a street value of $12,800 in his vehicle when he was pulled over by deputies around 10:30 a.m. Wednesday near the 135 mile marker, close to the exit for U.S. 378, leading to Sumter. Like Pina before him, Abbadessa was traveling in a rental car when he was stopped by law enforcement, and was stopped by deputies in roughly the same location.
Abbadessa is now being held at the Sumter-Lee Regional Detention Center, where he will await a bond hearing on a single count of trafficking cocaine, 100 grams or more. If convicted of the charge, Abbadessa faces a mandatory 25 years in prison without the possibility of probation, and a $50,000 fine.
For decades, Interstate 95 has been known to law enforcement as a highly used corridor to traffic illegal drugs along the county’s east coast. To help combat this, the local sheriff’s office has been operating a dedicated patrol unit along the 13 mile corridor of I-95 running through Sumter County.