Pot-growing materials found in car, police say

Published: Tuesday, March 26, 2013 at 6:05 p.m.
Last Modified: Tuesday, March 26, 2013 at 6:05 p.m.

All the ingredients for a marijuana indoor grow operation were found in a car Sunday when a High Springs police officer pulled over a driver for blown tag light, authorities said.

Matthew John Winkleman, 40, was charged with possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia after he was stopped by officer Ethan Presnell about 1:30 a.m. on U.S. 441, High Springs Police Chief Steve Holley reported in a press release.

Presnell was monitoring traffic when he noticed a car without a tag light. When he pulled Winkleman over, Holley reported, Presnell smelled marijuana.

Presnell asked Winkleman if he had smoked pot recently or if marijuana was in the car and was told no to both, Holley said.

A search of the car turned up a bag of pot, 40 marijuana plants in small pots, heaters, humidifiers, 100-watt light bulbs, potting soil, herbicides, pesticides, empty pots, tarps and other items used for growing pot.

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