13 February 2024- In what appears to be a drug delivery from out of state, a Florida man is facing numerous illegal substance charges stemming from a traffic stop on I-81 in Franklin County. Ricardo Carding Tuquero is charged with felony possession with intent to deliver, felony knowledge that property is proceeds of an illegal act, misdemeanor drug paraphernalia, and two traffic violations. Tuquero is behind bars on $250,000 bail.
PSP Troopers were sitting stationary on I-81NB outside Chambersburg on February 10th when they reportedly observed a Toyota pickup truck driving slowly in the left lane of traffic. This truck, PSP say, had nearly blacked out windows and obscured plates, causing them to pull it over for traffic violations.
When Troopers approached and talked to the driver, now identified as Ricardo Tuquero of Ponte Verda, Florida, the believed him to be very nervous. Asking him where he was traveling to and why he was going there, police again believed there was something more going on. Additionally, when asked where he was going exactly, PSP allege that Tuquero said he didn’t know exactly and that he would have to call when he got closer. Troopers specify in court documents that this is a common tactic for drug drops, as the drop locations change up until they are finally delivered.
Tuquero was then asked to step out of the vehicle and questioning continued. Finally, Troopers asked for a search of the vehicle but were denied by Tuquero. That was when drug sniffing dogs were brought in. Those dogs, Troopers say, showed signs of detection of illegal substances. It was then that the vehicle was seized and Tuquero was taken in while a warrant was applied for.
After getting the search warrant, police were able to search the vehicle and reportedly found a large amount of illegal substances. Inside of the vehicle was 250lbs of marijuana in vacuum sealed bags, bulk US bills in a vacuum sealed bag, loose bulk US bills, vacuum sealed THC products, vacuum sealed THC edibles, a pair of shoes, shirt, and pants that were all vacuum sealed in a bag, and suspected edible marijuana muffins again vacuum sealed in a bag. Tuquero was subsequently arrested.
Ricardo Tuquero is behind bars on $250,000 bail.
Sources: Docket Number: MJ-39305-CR-0000022-2024, Incident No.: PA 2024-180732