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Rookie K-9 helps lead to arrest of Bay County man for meth

special to Gannett Florida
Walton Sun

SANTA ROSA BEACH — The Walton County Sheriff’s Office’s newest K-9 unit assisted in the discovery of methamphetamine, which led to the arrest of a Bay County man Friday morning.

Just after midnight, a deputy pulled over a blue BMW near the intersection of U.S. Highway 98 and Musset Bayou Road. K-9 Colt and his handler were asked to respond.

After the dog alerted on the vehicle, deputies searched and discovered meth and drug paraphernalia, including several pipes and baggies for distribution, according to a press release from the WCSO.

Also inside the car, deputies found a slim Jim and a two-sided bump key — both used to unlock vehicles.

The driver, Blake Burkett, 30, of Panama City, claimed to be a tow truck driver in Bay County, the release said.

Burkett was arrested and charged with possession of methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia. He was still incarcerated as of Friday morning.