A man was arrested Tuesday by Gainesville Police after telling his passenger to hide 230 grams of cocaine in her underwear.
Alvin Hopkins, 40, was charged with trafficking in cocaine.
On Tuesday at around 2:19 p.m., a GPD officer conducted a traffic stop on Hopkins for following too closely on State Road 93, according to the arrest report. Hopkins denied a search of his car.
While a second officer was completing the traffic warning and seeing if Hopkins had any warrants, the first officer conducted an open air sniff of the car with a K-9, according to the report. The K-9 alerted the officer to the smell of narcotics coming from inside the car.
After searching the car, it was found through the suspect’s in-car camera that the passenger had some type of illegal substance in her underwear, according to the report.
The passenger and Hopkins were heard on the in-car video surveillance talking about the substance and Hopkins saying, “Cuff that s---.”
When confronted about having something illegal in her underwear, the passenger voluntarily removed 230 grams of hard, powdered cocaine, according to the report.
After being read his Miranda Rights, Hopkins admitted to owning the cocaine and said he had purchased it in Reddick, Florida, for $6,500, according to the report. Hopkins also said it should be about eight ounces of cocaine.
Hopkins is currently on felony probation until Dec. 14, 2022.
Hopkins was released from Alachua County Jail on Wednesday on bail. His original bail was $30,000.
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