Miami man arrested in Keys on Irma curfew violation, other charges

James Winters claimed he had job on Cudjoe Key, couldn't prove it, deputies say

By Peter Burke - Managing Editor

James Winter was arrested on a curfew violation and other charges after he was stopped by a deputy in the Florida Keys.

DUCK KEY, Fla. - A Miami man was arrested in the Florida Keys on a curfew violation and other charges after he claimed to be returning home after work, Monroe County Sheriff's Office spokeswoman Becky Herrin said.

James Winters, 36, was stopped by a deputy on patrol at mile marker 61 in Duck Key just before 11 p.m. Tuesday.

Winters told the deputy he had gotten a job on Cudjoe Key and was driving back to Miami, but he wasn't able to provide any information about his employer or where he was working, Herrin said.

A background check revealed that Winters had a suspended driver's license for being a habitual traffic offender, Herrin said. A gun, Xanax, marijuana and drug paraphernalia were also found in his vehicle, Herrin said.

Winters, who is a felon, had outstanding warrants in Miami-Dade County for grand theft auto. He faces other charges that include driving with a suspended license and being a convicted felon in possession of a firearm.

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