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MARIANNA, Fla. — A Tuesday traffic stop resulted in the arrest of a California man on drug charges.

Alfred George King, 42, of Palmdale, California, was arrested and charged with possession of cocaine and possession of drug paraphernalia.

A Jackson County deputy observed King’s vehicle failing to yield when entering Highway 71S from the service road connecting nearby businesses. The deputy conducted a traffic stop for the violation, Jackson County Sheriff Louis Roberts III said.

“During the course of the traffic stop, Mr. King was asked to consent to a search of his vehicle,” Roberts said. “King agreed to the search, and the deputy located a small, zippered bag within the driver’s door which contained two small Ziploc-style baggies and a small, cut-plastic straw piece. The small baggies contained a white powdery substance.”

According to Roberts, King told the deputy he was unsure what the substance was but said he had purchased it as a powder and never tried the substance because it appeared “mushy.”

The substance tested positive for cocaine and weighed 0.36 grams.

He was arrested and taken to the Jackson County Correctional Facility.

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