Armed Drug Dealer Arrested In Boca Raton
Christopher Solomon Arrested On Drug And Weapons Charges After Boca Police Find Drugs, Guns, Cash In His Vehicle During A Traffic Stop.
BOCA RATON, FL – Boca Post (BocaPost.com) — A Boca Raton man has been arrested on several drug and weapons charges, according to jail records released to Boca Post by the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office.
Christopher Solomon, 40, of Boca Raton, has been arrested Monday morning by the Boca Raton Police Department. Boca Post has been notified that Solomon is charged with the following:
- 3 counts of MARIJUANA-SELL – WI 1000 FT OF SPECIFIED AREA SCHED I
- 5 counts of DRUGS-POSSESS – CNTRL SUB WO PRESCRIPTION
- DRUGS-HEALTH OR SAFETY – POSS HARMFUL NEW LEGEND DRUG WO PRESCRIPTION
- 3 counts of DRUG EQUIP-POSSESS – AND OR USE
- 2 counts of WEAPON OFFENSE – USE DISPLAY ETC WPN DURING FELONY UNDER INDICT
Solomon was booked into the Palm Beach County Jail at 9:11 on Monday morning where he remains at this time.
The entire narrative from the arrest affidavit submitted by the Boca Raton police department can be found below:
On 7/4/2022 at approximately 0200 hours, Sgt. Smith observed a suspicious occupied dark-colored GMC pick-up truck in the parking lot 601 N. Ocean Blvd. Sgt. Smith observed the truck leave the parking lot and drive west on NE 6th St. and park in front of a residential construction site. The truck then turned its lights off. Sgt. Smith and I began conducting surveillance on it as the other Tactical Team members were en route to assist. Officers were unable to read the license plate of the truck due to a tag cover obstructing the top of the tag where the state should be legible. After a short time, no occupants entered or exited the truck and it drove away from the construction site and back into the parking lot of 601 N. Ocean Blvd. The truck then traveled S/B on N. Ocean Blvd. then W/B on E. Palmetto Park Rd.
Officer Lauckner advised the truck had no tag lights and the tag observed “2343183” was not coming back on file or assigned to any vehicle out of FL, CA, IL, or NJ. The decal also showed that it expired on 4/22. Based on the lack of registration information, tag light violation obscured state due to the plate cover, and the aforementioned suspicious activity at 0200 hours through a residential area including a construction site, a traffic stop was conducted by Officer Price at 499 E. Palmetto Park Rd.
I approached the truck and observed the driver, later identified by his IL DL as W/M Christopher Solomon arguing with Officer Price. I immediately detected the odor of burnt marijuana emitting from the interior of the vehicle as I spoke to Solomon. I recognized this odor to be marijuana based on my training and experience as a police officer. I detained Solomon based on the plain smell of the marijuana and removed him from his truck. I asked Solomon if he had a medical marijuana license, and he advised he did not have a Florida State Medical Marijuana license, but an Illinois one. He could not provide proof of an Illinois State Medical Marijuana license. Officer Lauckner verified with BRPD dispatch that Solomon did not have a Florida Medical Marijuana license. Based on this information, I read Solomon his Constitutional Rights from a pre-printed department-issued Miranda Card, which Solomon acknowledged he understood and quickly stated that he wanted a lawyer. It should be noted that during the investigation, Solomon made many unprovoked spontaneous utterances asking police to be taken to jail.
Officer Lauckner and Officer Maguire then began searching the truck based on the plain smell of marijuana. During this time, Officer Soria, Officer Price, and I were running the VIN of the truck and attempting to definitively identify Solomon. Officer Soria ran the VIN which showed that the tag “2343183B” should be attached to the 2018 grey GMC truck registered to Christopher Solomon. Upon closer inspection of the Illinois tag, there is a small “B” to the right side which was also obstructed, along with the state, by a decorative plate cover. Officer Maguire finally located an IL DL for Christopher Solomon in the rear right passenger side of the truck which positively identified Solomon as the owner of the truck.
In the center console Officer Lauckner located the following:
- 1 Ruger P90 semi-auto handgun .45 caliber SN# 66235774 (not reported stolen) along with 1 magazine with 7 .45 rounds
- 1 Sig Sauer SP2022 semi-auto handgun 9mm SN# 24B116257 (not reported stolen) along with 1 magazine and 13 9mm rounds.
- 1 AR 15 magazine with 30 223 rounds.
- 25 1ml THC cartridges totaling 600.2 grams (field-tested positive).
- 1 small white jar with 0.4 grams of green leaf marijuana.
- 1.2 grams green leaf marijuana in sandwich box.
- 27.3 grams marijuana oil substance (field-tested positive) in glass case.
- 1 small digital scale.
- $3258.02 in various denominations of U.S. currency including $100s, $20, $10s, $5s, and $1s.
- 1 orange pill bottle containing the following pills:
- 15 pills and 2 pieces of Lorazepam (1 mg schedule 4)
- 2 orange circular pills Clonazepam (0.5 mg schedule 4).
- 1 blue circular pill Clonazepam (1 mg schedule 4).
- 2 half rectangular Xanax pieces (2 mg schedule 4).
- Officer Lauckner identified these pills via Poison Control see his supplement for further details.
In the rear passenger seat area Officer Maguire located a green duffle bag that contained the following:
- 2 packages of ziplock baggies
- 3 glass smoking pipes
- 1 large digital scale
- 59 grams of psilocybin mushrooms in a plastic bucket
- 6 grams of Garlic Breath green leaf marijuana
- 7 grams of Violet Vixen green leaf marijuana
- 9 grams of Kush Mints green leaf marijuana
- 4 grams of EZ Baked green leaf marijuana
- 46 marijuana THC cartridges weighing 955 grams
- 5 grams of marijuana butter
- 7 grams of marijuana THC balm
- orange pill bottle containing 105 oblong pills of Sertraline (Zoloft) weighing 45.8 grams.
Officer Lauckner contacted Poison Control who identified the pills as a non-schedule legend drug that requires a prescription. See his and Officer Maguire’s supplement for further details. Officer Owirka responded with a department issued marijuana test kit, and Officer Maguire tested some of the green leafy substance which turned purple indicating a positive test result for marijuana.
Based on my investigation, I placed Christopher Solomon under arrest for 3 counts of possession of marijuana with intent to sell within 1000 ft of a municipal park, pursuant to FSS 893.13(1c1), after he was found to be in possession of leaf marijuana, marijuana oil substance, and marijuana butter, in amounts, packaging, along with currency, scales, and firearms indicative of street level narcotics sales. During out surveillance Officer observed Solomon drove within several feet of South Beach Park located at 400 N. Ocean Blvd, the Palmetto Pavilion Park located at 2 N. Ocean Blvd, and Silver Palm Park located at 600 E. Palmetto Park Rd, which are all City of Boca Raton Municipal parks.
In addition to the intent to sell charges, Solomon was charged with 3 counts of possession of drug paraphernalia pursuant to FSS 893.147(1) for possession of 2 digital scales (typically used to weigh drugs), 2 packages of ziplock baggies (typically used for distribution and packaging for sales), and 3 glass marijuana smoking pipes (typically used to smoke marijuana). Solomon was also charged with possession of psilocybin mushrooms, possession of Lorazepam, 2 counts of possession of Clonazepam (0.5 grams and 1 gram variant), and possession of Xanax pursuant to FSS 893.13(6a) for possession of a controlled substance. Solomon was also charged with unlawful prescription drugs pursuant to FSS 499.03(1) for possessing Sertraline (aka Zoloft) without a prescription. Lastly, Solomon was charged with two counts of possession of a firearm while in the commission of a felony pursuant to FSS 790.07(1), for possessing the two loaded (with one in the chamber and rounds in the magazines) Sig Saur and Ruger firearms while in possession with intent to sell marijuana and possession of numerous felony narcotics.
In total Solomon was in possession of 1.64 lbs of leaf marijuana, 6.6 oz of marijuana oil substances, 71 1 ml THC cartridges, and 2.081 oz of mushrooms.
I issued Solomon a citation for no tag lights, expired tags, and obstructed tags. The citations were left on his personal property. Solomon’s truck was towed by Westway. Officer Price transported Solomon to the BRPD temporary holding facility for processing and he was later delivered to Palm Beach County Jail. All evidence was packaged and submitted and drug tracking citations were generated