|Active meth cook discovered during traffic stop|
On Feb. 4, Deputy Alan Middlebrooks observed Herman Gene Newsome, 46, of Crawfordville driving in the area of Spring Creek Highway and U.S. Highway 98. Deputy Middlebrooks had knowledge that the driver did not possess a valid driver license. He conducted a traffic stop and arrested Newsome for driving while license is suspended or revoked.
During the arrest process, an active methamphetamine cook was observed inside the vehicle. Due to the volatile nature of the discovery WCSO deputies blocked off the area near a convenience store where the arrest was made for public safety.
The “active cook” was neutralized and additional methamphetamine was found inside a prescription bottle in the vehicle. The meth weighed .5 of a gram and Newsome was charged with manufacturing methamphetamine and possession of methamphetamine.
The vehicle was confiscated and there were no injuries. Newsome posted a $20,500 bond and was released from the Wakulla County Jail later on Feb. 4.