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Fla. Drug dealer charged with murder after driving car into a canal with two in backseat

January 14, 2017  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
Fla. Drug dealer charged with murder after driving car into a canal with two in backseat

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A suspected drug dealer is facing criminal charges after he neglected to tell his arresting officers that two people were inside of the vehicle he was driving when it crashed into a canal in South Florida.

Robert Goldsmith, 30, exited the vehicle through a window but 24-year-olds Hannah Gonzalez and Marquis Garcia, who were passengers in the car, died on Tuesday night, the Sun-Sentinel reported.

The accused drug dealer was ordered to be held without bond during his first appearance on Thursday.

According to a Sunrise police report, authorities received a tip that the man was dealing crack cocaine.

They also discovered that Goldsmith had an arrest warrant for aggravated battery with a gun and attempted robbery with a firearm, and was purportedly selling items stolen in burglaries.

Robert Goldsmith faces charges after neglecting to tell arresting officers that two people were inside the car he was driving when it crashed into a South Florida canal, authorities say

Police plotted a sting with an informant who acted as a buyer. When police rushed in, Goldsmith fled in his vehicle and drove into a canal.

Gonzalez and Garcia were in the backseat, The Sun-Sentinel reported.

Though, the informant didn’t see passengers in the backseat because it was dark out.

Authorities said that the suspect didn’t immediately tell them about the passengers stuck in the vehicle.

The Sun-Sentinel quoted the report, which stated: “Not until after Goldsmith was physically removed from the water, detained by detectives and questioned as to other occupants of the vehicle did he utter to detectives that there were two others.”

Investigators entered the water, but couldn’t get inside the car.

The car was withdrawn from the canal, and the remains of Goldsmith’s passengers were found.

Authorities arrested the man for aggravated fleeing, driving with a suspended license, selling cocaine, along with two counts of murder, NBC Miami reported.

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