Flagler Sheriff's Office arrest convicted killer, career criminals in traffic stop

Deputies found a semi-automatic gun, psychedelic mushrooms, marijuana, additional license plates, gloves, face masks and other tools inside the suspects' car.

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Two career criminals, one previously convicted of second degree murder, were arrested during a traffic stop in Flagler County on April 18 on a variety of drug possession and parole violation charges. 

Pual Copeland, 39, of Port St. Lucie, Florida and Alphonso Williams, 38, from Opa-locka, Florida, were both charged with a variety of drug possession charges after a Flagler County Sheriff's Office deputy searched their vehicle and found psychedelic mushrooms and marijuana in the car, an FCSO press release said.

A Flagler Sheriff's Office deputy saw Williams and Copeland in an SUV with an illegal tint parked at the Circle K gas station on State Road 100. When running the suspects identification, Copeland came up as recently release from prison  after being convicted of second degree murder in February 2003. Copeland also had a history of other drug related charges.

Williams criminal history included several battery and assault-related charges, both with and without a weapon, as well as kidnapping, auto theft and other drug-related charges, the press release said.

The deputy found "commercial-grad packages of marijuana and a red packaged bag" with 3.5 grams of mushrooms, as well as a semi-automatic handgun, two additional license plates inside the car and several other tools, including power tools, a digital scale, full-coverage face-masks, gloves and binoculars.

The gun had been reported stolen by the Hollywood Police Department, the press release said.

A second car, a Chevrolet, was parked next to the Copeland's SUV and the driver had been interacting with the two suspects. The deputy stopped the car for failing to come to a complete stop at a stop sign as it was leaving the Circle K.

The driver of the vehicle was identified as Virgil Woodson, Jr. 28, of Opa-locka. His passenger was identified as Miquel Reddick, 32, from Miami. FCSO deputies conducted a probable cause search on the Chevrolet as well, finding two open commercial-grade marijuana bags. 

Both men admitted to knowing the suspects in the SUV but weren't traveling together. Both suspects in the Chevrolet were also arrested on drug possession charges, the press release said.

Both Woodson and Reddick also had extensive criminal histories in Florida, the press release said. Three of the four suspects were released on $1,000 bonds while Copeland remained in the FCSO's custody.


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