Man charged with possession of meth near Ponce de Leon

A man is facing drug charges after being found near Ponce de Leon under the influence. (WJHG/WECP)

PONCE DE LEON, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) - A Westville man is facing drug charges after deputies said he was found walking near where some drugs were found.

Holmes County Sheriff's Deputies said Saturday, a man and woman were walking in the area of Highway 81, just south of Highway 90 near Ponce de Leon. The deputy patrolling said he stopped to check on the couple after noticing the woman was having issues walking. Deputies said the two appeared to be under the influence of drugs.

They said they found a bag with a crystal-like substance inside, which Jesse Hicks, 26, admitted was his. Deputies said the drug field tested positive for meth. They said Hicks told them he had "a large amount of methamphetamine" the night before. He's charged with possession of meth.

Deputies said the woman was taken into custody for her own safety and was held for detox. She was released several hours later.

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