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LAKE CITY, Fla. — A man originally stopped by the Lake City Police Department ended up being arrested for possession of methamphetamine after a K-9 alerted officers there were drugs in the car.

Shortly before 3 a.m. Saturday morning, an officer with the Lake City Police Department was looking for traffic violators on S.W. Real Road, according to a news release from Lake City Police Department Assistant Public Information Craig Strickland.

Ricki Bodziak

Strickland said the officer’s radar indicated a pick-up truck was going 51 mph in a 35 mph zone.

When the officer stopped the truck, Strickland said the driver, 38-year-old Ricki Bodziak appeared nervous and gave misleading information when police questioned him.

The officer who made the traffic stop called for a K-9 unit and additional officers.

As one officer finished writing the speeding ticket, the K-9 officer conducted a “walk around” search, Strickland said.

The K-9 alerted on the driver’s side door. Strickland said when police searched the vehicle, they found a clear plastic baggy of several white/clear crystals. The white/clear crystals field tested positive for methamphetamine.

Police arrested Bodziak on charges of possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia. He was booked into the Columbia County Jail on $6,000 bond.

Lake City Police Chief Argatha Gilmore said, “I’m proud of our officers for being proactive in their traffic enforcement efforts. This is another example of how traffic enforcement leads to the discovery of other criminal activity by ‘going beyond the traffic stop.'”


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