Arrested in pot bust, man says he was housesitting

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By The Staff

A routine traffic stop for a tag light that was not working led to the arrest of a Palm Harbor man on charges of possession of about a pound of marijuana and over $7,000 cash and a recommendation you don't hire him to be your house sitter.

Bobby Dale Burnett, 28, was driving a 1999 Dodge Durango stopped by Chiefland Police Officer F. Macy at about midnight on August 7 in front of the Pizza Hut on Young Boulevard for the broken tag light.

Burnett told the officers the marijuana and money found during a search of the truck belonged to a friend, that he was house-sitting for the friend and that he took the drug and money to meet his wife in Chiefland, according to the police report.

Chief Robert Douglas told the City Commission on Monday that Burnett told officers the cash they retrieved was from the earlier sale of four pounds of marijuana.

Macy, backed up by Officer Matt Poppell, said in his report that Burnett appeared nervous when stopped and said he was being followed. Poppell noticed the odor of marijuana and asked where the drugs were in the truck. Burnett said it was in a bag on the floor, the report said.

Officers searched the truck and retrieved one plastic bag with a substance that field tested positive for marijuana, one Slim Jim can with $833 inside, one Crown Royal bag with $5,450 dollars in bills, second clear plastic bag with rolling papers and a substance that tested positive for marijuana two pipes one clear plastic container with bags of a substance that tested positive for marijuana electronics, including a flat screen television, a Playstation 2&3, Xbox 360, miscellaneous games, Dewalt radio, and one Brinks safe containing coins, clothing, carpet tools and bolt cutters.

Douglas said the truck and money have been seized and a notice of forfeiture issued to Burnett.