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Traffic stop for expired registration sticker results in drug arrest

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A Brooksville man is facing multiple drug-related charges after Hernando County Sheriff’s Office (HCSO) deputies stopped his vehicle because it was displaying an expired registration sticker.  

HCSO Deputy Public Information Officer (PIO) Michael Terry said that just before 7 a.m. on April 6, a deputy detected the strong smell of marijuana coming from a vehicle traveling along Powell Road in Brooksville. The deputy also noticed that the vehicle was also displaying an expired registration sticker.

During a subsequent traffic stop, the deputy again detected the strong smell of burnt marijuana coming from inside the vehicle driven by a man who was later identified as 42-year-old Alton Johnson.

The deputy also saw a green, leafy substance on the vehicle’s floorboard and a found drawstring bag containing three other separate bags inside the vehicle.  Those bags contained 128.1 grams of what field tested positive for marijuana.

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Also inside the vehicle, the deputy found a drawstring bag that contained three separate bags containing 128.1 grams of a green leafy substance that field tested positive for marijuana and a pair of glass jars that contained 221.6 grams of live resin, also known as cannabis concentrate which also tested positive for marijuana.

On the vehicle’s passenger seat, he discovered two other containers, the contents of which field tested positive for fentanyl.

Johnson was subsequently arrested and booked into the Hernando County Detention Center on possession of cannabis concentrate and two counts of possession of a controlled substance.

His case is pending.



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