127 grams of cocaine seized during I-95 bust


Sumter County Sheriff's Office arrested a 35-year-old Florida man on Wednesday after more than 100 grams of cocaine was found inside his rental vehicle while he was traveling south on Interstate 95 earlier that day.

According to an incident report from the sheriff's office, a deputy stopped Alfred Francis Abbedessa of 4429 Augustine Road, Spring Hill, Florida, near mile marker 135 after he saw the suspect driving less than one car length behind a truck.

During the stop, the officer saw multiple 5 Hour Energy bottles and other signs of "hard travel" inside the vehicle, according to the release.

Abbedessa told the officer that he flew into New York City, New York, on Tuesday and was driving back to Florida after his father told him a pipe burst in his new house after he landed.

While searching the only bag inside the vehicle's cargo area, the officer found a vacuum-sealed package of approximately 127 grams of cocaine, a Motorola cellphone and a SIM card wrapped in white paper. The items were seized, and the vehicle was towed.

Abbedessa was transported to Sumter-Lee Regional Detention Center. He has since been released after making a $30,000 surety bond set by a magistrate judge.