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Slow-moving driver arrested after K-9 alerts on vehicle during traffic stop

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Michael Jenkins

A slow-moving driver was arrested after a K-9 alerted on his vehicle during a traffic stop.

Lake County sheriff’s deputies stopped the car late on the evening of Jan. 9 for driving 10 miles per hour below the posted 40 mph speed limit. The deputies were on patrol on Grays Airport Road when they saw the slow-moving green Mazda and initiated their emergency lights. They made contact with 32-year-old Michael Jenkins of Fruitland Park who did not have his drivers license on his person.

While one deputy was writing a ticket for Jenkins, the other deputy asked if he could search Jenkins’ car. Jenkins refused to allow a search. The deputies contacted the Lady Lake Police Department for assistance from their K-9 officer.

The K-9 officer and his K-9 dog, Fast, conducted an open air sniff. When Fast alerted on Jenkins’ car the deputies searched it and found a small amount of marijuana and a small blue pipe in the center console of the car.

When Jenkins was told that the K-9 was trained to alert on persons with drugs in their pockets he gave the deputies his glasses case which contained a broken glass smoking device and a small amount of methamphetamine.

Jenkins was placed under arrest for possession of methamphetamine, marijuana and drug paraphernalia. He was transported to the Lake County Jail where bond was set at $4,000.

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