The North Miami Police Department’s “Officer of the Month” for September 2013 is Officer Yosbel Llerena who is assigned to the Patrol Section, Afternoon shift. Officer Llerena has been a member of the North Miami Police Department for a little over a year. Officer Llerena is recognized for his intuitiveness, initiative and quick thinking. He was nominated by Sergeant Karel Rodriguez for the following case:
While on patrol, Officer Llerena conducted a traffic stop on a green Ford pickup truck for failing to obey a traffic control device. Upon making contact with the driver, he immediately noticed a strong smell of marijuana coming from the vehicle’s passenger compartment. Officer Llerena spoke to the driver, who admitted to having a suspended license and a small amount of Marijuana in the vehicle. The driver quickly handed Officer Llerena a clear plastic bag containing approximately 20 grams of Marijuana. Officer Llerena believed that the driver’s forthcoming behavior was suspicious and prompted him to request K-9. K-9 responded and conducted an open air search of the vehicle’s perimeter, which resulted in a positive alert for narcotics.
Officer Llerena’s suspicions were confirmed when the search of the vehicle was conducted. Several bags of Marijuana were found in different compartments of the vehicle totaling approximately 114 grams. In addition, numerous items of drug paraphernalia, such as a scale and two empty jars with Marijuana residue were found. The narcotics in the vehicle were packaged in several different quantities, consistent with narcotics sales. In addition, the driver had $480.00 in cash, separated into quick count bundles, which is also consistent with the sale of narcotics.
Officer Llerena utilized his initiative, intuitiveness, quick thinking and the resources at his disposal to turn a traffic stop into an arrest for a substantial quantity of marijuana.
Officer Llerena was chosen as Officer of the Month for September 2013 and will be honored at the Greater North Miami Chamber of Commerce luncheon, held monthly at the Miami Shores Country Club, on Wednesday, October 23, 2013 at 12:00 Noon.