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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.


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