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Ocala man arrested after K-9 deputy smells drugs inside vehicle

A 32-year-old Ocala man was arrested after a K-9 deputy smelled drugs inside his vehicle during a traffic stop.

On Wednesday, November 17, a Marion County Sheriff’s Office deputy responded to the Pilot Travel Center located at 2020 SW Highway 484 in Ocala in reference to a traffic stop.

A sergeant was already on scene and told the deputy that a vehicle was observed traveling southbound on I-75.

According to the MCSO report, the vehicle allegedly fluctuated in speed between 55 and 75 miles per hour, and the driver brake checked other vehicles by suddenly slowing down in front of them.

The vehicle was pulled over by the sergeant, and the driver allegedly provided a false name and date of birth. A Kentucky driver’s license was located which showed that the driver was Brant Scott Bethune.

Ocala man
Brant Scott Bethune

A criminal background check revealed that Bethune has an active warrant in Kentucky for possession of a firearm and escape. It was also discovered that his Florida driver’s license was suspended on May 14, 2015.

A K-9 deputy was also on scene and performed an open-air sniff of the vehicle. The K-9 alerted an MCSO deputy to the presence of drugs, and the deputy found a backpack behind the front passenger seat during a search of the vehicle.

A glass tube was inside the backpack along with a small plastic baggie filled with a white powder substance that later field tested positive for methamphetamine.

Bethune refused to speak with the deputy.

There was one passenger in the vehicle with Bethune, and the passenger told the deputy that Bethune was the owner of the backpack.

Bethune was arrested and transported to Marion County Jail where he faces a felony charge for possession of drugs and several misdemeanor charges for possession of drug paraphernalia and driving with a suspended license.

He was released on his own recognizance and a court date has been scheduled on December 21 at 9 a.m., according to jail records.