CHARLOTTE COUNTY, Fla.- A Punta Gorda man was arrested for possession of multiple types of drugs on Tuesday after being stopped for failing to stop at a stop sign.
Andrew Botero Phung, 23, was stopped when the vehicle he was driving went through the stop sign and stop bar area at the intersection of Starlite and Gibralter in Port Charlotte. Deputies said he was acting nervous and his hands were shaking as they spoke with him. The deputies told him they were going to issue a traffic warning and asked if they could search his vehicle.
Phung declined to have his vehicle searched, but consented to allowing the deputies to search him. When they searched Phung, they found a green plastic bag that contained a syringe, a teaspoon and a plastic baggie containing 7.5 pills that were found to be oxycodone.
While deputies were searching Phung, a K9 deputy arrived at the scene of the traffic stop and conducted a walk around the car. When the dog alerted on the vehicle, the deputies searched the car and located 23 Zanax pills, a crystal-like substance that tested positive for methamphetamine, several glass vials of different types of anabolic steroids, along with several types of smoking pipes and syringes.
Phung was transported to the Charlotte County Jail on charges of Possession of Methamphetamine, Possession of Zanax, Possession of Oxycodone, three counts of Possession of an Anabolic Steroid and Possession of Paraphernalia. He was released on a total $32,500 bond.