CHIPLEY – A man on state drug offender probation is back behind bars for drug charges following a traffic stop.

A Washington County Sheriff’s Office deputy observed a Nissan Altima traveling on Orange Hill Road at approximately 30 mph over the posted speed limit just before 8:30 p.m. on September 15.

A traffic stop was conducted, identifying the driver as Anthony Bonner, 21, of Fountain.

Bonner was accompanied by two passengers, one being a small child.

While the deputy was speaking with Bonner, he noticed a strong odor of synthetic marijuana. Upon questioning Bonner, he admitted to having “just smoked some fake.” A search was conducted that revealed a plastic baggie of methamphetamine under Bonner’s vehicle, where he had been standing. Bonner admitted to having thrown the baggie in an attempt to avoid being arrested.

A subsequent search of the vehicle resulted in the deputy locating a reddish orange gummy substance, which Bonner advised was a THC gummy, a box of sandwich bags, a digital scale, and a large amount of loose synthetic marijuana.

Bonner was arrested and charged with of possession of methamphetamine, possession of drug paraphernalia, and tampering with evidence.

The suspected THC gummy and the synthetic marijuana have been sent to Florida Department of Law Enforcement for testing. Additional Charges are pending.

“This small child and other children in our county who are living in these conditions are the very reason we are working so hard to combat the use, sale, and possession of narcotics,” said Washington County Sheriff Kevin Crews.

Washington County Sheriff Kevin Crews urges anyone with knowledge of crimes being committed to contact the Washington County Sheriff’s Office at 850-638-6111. Tips may also be reported anonymously by calling 850-638-TIPS (8477) or by emailing tips@wcso.us.