Traffic Stop Turned Drug Bust Puts Alabama Man in Florida Slammer

Michael Hughes

Michael Hughes

A Covington County, Alabama man is “behind bars” in Florida after a routine traffic stop leads to a drug arrest.

A Walton County Sheriff’s Deputy stopped a yellow jeep near the intersection of US Highways 90 and 331, just outside of DeFuniak Springs at around nine o’clock Thursday night. The Deputy detected a strong odor often associated with the manufacture of crystal-methamphetamine when he approached the vehicle.

Once the Deputy asked the driver, Michael Hughes of Florala, about the odor. Hughes said, “I haven’t been around that stuff in years”. The 26-year-old man would give permission to the Deputy to search the vehicle. Initially, a box of store brand over the counter cold medication with pseudoephedrine was found along with a syringe.

A number of other items associated with the manufacture of meth were also found inside the vehicle: matchbooks, coffee filters, Pyrex cup containers, and a burner hot plate. Hughes was placed under arrest for Unlawful Possession of Listed Chemicals, and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. He was then transported to the Walton County Jail. Hughes bond was set at $2,500.

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