Two arrested after traffic stop on drug/gun charges

A Homestead man and a Miami man were arrested Monday night after a traffic stop on U.S. 1.

Jermaine Lee Franklin, 37, of Miami, was charged with possession of a weapon by a convicted felon, possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Antonio Nathaniel Franklin, 39, of Homestead, was charged with driving on a suspended license, possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia.

The case began at 11:58 p.m. when both men —Antonio was the driver — were stopped by Deputy Cristian Santos in a Nissan Altima on U.S. 1 after spotting them near Mile Marker 112. Deputy Jorge Moreno previously instructed both men not to drive earlier that night after learning both had suspended driver’s licenses. Deputy Corbin Hradecky arrived on scene. The odor of marijuana was emanating from the vehicle. Deputy Casey Matthews arrived and placed Antonio Franklin in his patrol vehicle.

Deputy Santos searched Jermaine Franklin and found a loaded .380-pistol tucked into his belt. Deputy Hradecky found 5.3 grams of marijuana in the sunglass holder of the vehicle. Another .3 grams of marijuana was found in the glove box. Rolling papers and a scale was also found in the vehicle. A pistol holster as found under the front passenger seat.

Both men were taken to jail.