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Saturday, July 13, 2024

2 men caught with fake IDs, stolen credit cards during traffic stop on I-75

Two men were arrested during a traffic stop on Interstate 75 in Marion County after law enforcement officers allegedly found counterfeit driver’s licenses, stolen credit cards, and marijuana in their possession.

On Monday, a Marion County Sheriff’s Office corporal was heading northbound on Interstate 75 when a gray SUV passed the corporal’s patrol vehicle at an “extremely high rate of speed.” The corporal caught up to the SUV and conducted a traffic stop, according to the arrest report.

The corporal noted in the report that the SUV had two occupants: 34-year-old Henton Vladimir Etienne (driver) and 40-year-old Cinel Geffrard (passenger).

Etienne allegedly told the corporal that he was driving fast because “his shoe (was) hurting him.” He claimed that when he tried to take his shoe off, it “got stuck on the pedal” and caused the vehicle to accelerate, according to the report.

While near the SUV, the corporal could smell the “strong odor of burnt marijuana,” which gave the corporal probable cause to search the vehicle. The report stated that another MCSO corporal soon arrived at the scene of the traffic stop to assist with the vehicle search.

Both of the SUV’s occupants were ordered to exit the vehicle. When Geffrard stepped out of the vehicle, he was allegedly holding a baggie that contained a green leafy substance, which field-tested positive for marijuana.

During an interior search of the SUV, Etienne’s wallet was located, and it allegedly contained the following items: five counterfeit driver’s licenses and one counterfeit passport that all had his picture with different names.

In addition, a corporal noted in the report that Etienne also had five credit cards and three social security cards in his wallet that did not belong to him.

Geffrard’s wallet was also searched by the corporals, and it allegedly contained four credit cards that were not in his name.

Both occupants were read their Miranda rights. Etienne claimed that the fraudulent documents were made by the mother of his child. He further claimed that he had “kept the documents” so that they could not be “used against him.” When asked why he did not dispose of the fraudulent documents, he stated that he did not have access to a shredder, according to the report.

Geffrard refused to speak with the corporals.

Etienne was arrested and transported to Marion County Jail, where he was released the following day after posting a $17,500 bond. He is being charged with possession of a counterfeit driver’s license or identification card (six counts) and possession of personal identification information of five or more individuals (one count).

Geffrard was also arrested and taken to Marion County Jail, where he was released the following day after posting a $2,000 bond. He is being charged with possession of marijuana not more than 20 grams (one count) and possession of personal identification information of four or less individuals (one count).

A court date has not been scheduled yet for Etienne or Geffrard, according to jail records.