Sumterville man's traffic stop yields major drug haul
The Citrus County Sheriff's Office on Wednesday stopped a Sumterville, Fla., man's vehicle just before 4 a.m. for speeding just in front of the Sheriff's Operations Center.
What deputies found was a major drug stash inside the vehicle, weapons and money.
The Sheriff's Office said the driver, Daniel Glenn Purvis, 36, was aggravated and not being very cooperative. The deputies called K9 Deputy Indorato and his K9 partner Repo to assist. K9 Repo immediately alerted to the odor of illegal narcotics. Purvis at first refused to step out of his vehicle, but deputies were able to get him to exit his truck and comply with commands.
Inside the vehicle, deputies found 163.2 grams of methamphetamine, 0.8 grams of heroin, 14 grams of marijuana and several pills. The traffic stop resulted in the seizure of Purvis' 2010 Dodge Ram, as well as $4,816 in cash and a shotgun, the Sheriff's Office said. Consequently, Purvis was arrested on a number of charges, including several counts of possession of a controlled substance, trafficking, and resisting arrest.
“We need to commend Dep. Will Richardson for the traffic stop he made today on Purvis,” said East District Commander Capt. Brad Smith.
“This stop was a direct result of Richardson utilizing what he has learned in training and relying on his instincts that something was not right. Great teamwork with Dep. Indorato and K9 Repo who both played an important role, as well.”