Early Tuesday morning, Citrus County Sheriff’s Office K9 Deputy Rudy Danner noticed a dark-colored SUV with no tag lights visible traveling southbound on U.S. 41 in Inverness.
As Danner made a U-turn, the SUV picked up speed, traveling 56 mph in a 45 mph zone.
Eventually, Danner caught up with the SUV, driven by Stephen Shumway, 26, of Homosassa, after Shumway stopped in the driveway of a building on East Live Oak Lane in Inverness.
However, instead of a routine traffic stop, the encounter turned into a seizure of 28.4 grams of methamphetamine and 12.91 grams of marijuana, and the arrest of Shumway and his passenger, 31-year-old Kevin Davis.
With the help of K9 Riggs who alerted Danner to the smell of narcotics, Danner noticed a black eyeglass case on the ground near the front passenger door.
Inside the case was a bag of marijuana and a bag of meth.
Prior to that, Danner had observed the front passenger door open and Davis’ right leg protruding out of the car.
Danner also found more meth, a large supply of small plastic bags commonly used for packaging narcotics and a digital scale inside.
Shumway was charged with trafficking methamphetamine, possession with intent to distribute, possession of paraphernalia, and driving while license suspended. His bond was set at $61,000.
After Davis was read his Miranda rights, he asked to speak to Danner and told him the marijuana did belong to him, but the meth did not.
However, both his wallet and cellphone tested positive for meth and Davis was charged with trafficking methamphetamine, possession with intent to distribute, possession of paraphernalia, and possession of cannabis. His bond was set at $57,000.