Hillsborough County
David Gee, Sheriff
Tampa, FL
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    Release Number: 11-330

    • For Immediate Release:
    • Public Information Office of Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office
    • September 29, 2011
    • Contact Person:
    • Debbie Carter : dcarter@hcso.tampa.fl.us
    • 813/247-8059

    Traffic Crash Leads To Drug Arrest

    Motorcyclist tries to hide backpack.
    • Wednesday
    • September 28, 2011
    • Time: 1:41 PM
    • Bloomingdale Avenue and Lithia Pinecrest Road


    Michael Thomas Carter
    DOB: 2/01/1986
    15817 Sorawater Drive
    Lithia, FL


    • Possession of Marijuana
    • Possession of Drug Paraphernalia
    • Cited for Careless Driving


    • 1980 Honda Motorcycle CB750


    Lillian Burgos
    DOB: 10/29/1954
    627 Sandy Creek Drive
    Brandon, FL


    • 2003 Ford Focus


    On September 28, 2011 at approximately 1:41 p.m., Michael Carter was northbound on Lithia Pinecrest Road approaching Bloomingdale Avenue in the inside left turn lane. Carter noticed traffic in front of him was stopped and therefore applied his brakes excessively causing him to skid and lose control of his motorcycle. As a result, Carter laid the motorcycle down and slid into the back of Burgos’ vehicle.

    Carter removed his helmet, backpack and shoes. He placed the items in the Wal-Greens parking lot. Once deputies were on the scene, a passerby who had noticed Carter hiding his items in the parking lot, asked him if he wanted to leave his items.
    The deputy retrieved Carter’s belongings. Carter made a statement to the deputy, “There is marijuana in there.” Deputies recovered 4.7 pounds of marijuana packaged for sales with a street value of $16,000 and over $1,000 in cash within the backpack.

    Carter was transported to Brandon Regional Hospital for minor injuries he sustained in the crash. Carter was booked into the Hillsborough County Jail after he was treated and released. No injuries to the other driver in the traffic crash.
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