A routine traffic stop Friday night ended in the arrest of a man on several drug related charges.
Gary Gazzier, Jr., 36, has been charged with possession of a Schedule III narcotic, possession of cocaine and attempt to manufacture methamphetamine.
According to the Blountstown Police Department, Ofc. Nick Keller pulled Gazzier over on East Central Avenue for speeding. Ofc. Keller detected the slight odor of an alcoholic beverage and noticed Gazzier’s speech was slurred. A pill bottle, cold pack, liquid heat and plastic tubing were in plain view in a small open cooler bag in the seat next to him. Gazzier allegedly stumbled out of the truck and three pills were found in the driver’s seat. He reportedly stated the pills were Xanax, adding he had a prescription, but did not have it with him. After a field sobriety test, Gazzier was taken into custody for suspicion of DUI, as well as the narcotic possession charge.
While taking Gazzier into custody, a search turned up two one-gram bags of a white powder substance in his wallet that field tested positive for cocaine. Items used in the manufacture of meth were recovered from the open cooler bag.
Back at the police station, Gazzier blew a .000 on a breath test, leading Ofc. Keller to suspect he was impaired by narcotics rather than alcohol. Gazzier reportedly admitted he was taking the items in the cooler to a friend to manufacture meth. He further stated he was on Xanax and had beeen drinking earlier in the day.