HERNANDO COUNTY, Fla. – A Florida man was arrested after a K-9 alerted to drugs in his vehicle during a traffic stop last week.
According to deputies, on Thursday around 11 p.m., a white Ford F-150 was seen speeding near the intersection of Cortez Boulevard and Lockhart Road in eastern Hernando County.
A patrol deputy conducted a traffic stop on the vehicle where the driver, later identified as Clifton Pottberg Jr., appeared extremely nervous while speaking with the deputy.
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K-9 Deputy Chelsea Reid, and her partner K-9 Chase, responded to conduct a sniff search for illegal narcotics.
Investigators say K-9 Chase alerted to narcotics inside the vehicle.
After a search of the vehicle, deputies located a clear baggie that contained a white powdery substance, a digital scale with white powder residue, and a $5 bill that also contained white powder residue.
The white powdery substance inside the clear baggie and residue from both the scale and the $5 bill field tested positive for cocaine.
The cocaine weighed 8.9 grams. Additionally, $4,540 in cash was also located inside the vehicle.
Pottberg also admitted to having concealed more plastic baggies on himself.
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Pottberg told deputies the baggies in his possession contained Ketamine. The total weight of the substance was 29 grams.
This unknown substance was sent to FDLE (Florida Department of Law Enforcement) for further testing.
Pottberg was placed under arrest and transported to the Hernando County Detention Center with the following charges:
– Possession of Cocaine
– Possession of Paraphernalia
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