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Driver busted with codeine syrup hidden in socks in Lee County

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Posted at 2:11 PM, Nov 01, 2019
and last updated 2019-11-01 14:12:02-04

LEE COUNTY, Fla. -- A traffic stop led deputies to drugs hidden in an unlikely fashion in Lee County.

A Lee County Sheriff’s Office Community Response Unit says they saw a driver speeding and recklessly changing lanes and pulled the driver over.

That driver, 35-year-old Mario Bates, was found to have a cancelled driver’s license.

During a check of the car, the deputy found five socks containing bottles of codeine syrup.


Bates was charged with reckless driving, knowingly driving without a license, and drug trafficking.

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Mario Bates