Thursday, July 22, 2010

Cookeville Man Facing Drug Charges In Florida

A Putnam County man, who has had legal problems locally, is now facing charges in Florida as well. Deputies say they found more than 800 Oxycodone pills in a locked glove box during a routine traffic stop Tuesday night. The driver was 23-year-old Derrick Choate of Cookeville who was pulled over in Pasco County for driving without a tag light. While a deputy wrote the citation, a detective released a drug-sniffing dog, who alerted them to drugs in Choate's 1998 Chrysler. Authorities say the glove box contained 805 30-milligram Oxycodone pills and 34 80-milligram Oxycodone pills. Choate, who is from Cookeville, told the deputy he did not have a prescription for the drugs, according to an arrest report. Choate was arrested and charged with two counts of trafficking Oxycodone. He is being held on $100,000 bail.