Meth stashed in ash-filled urn, deputies say

Posted at 2:32 PM, Apr 21, 2016
and last updated 2016-04-21 14:35:01-04

A Levy County man  is accused of stashing his meth in an urn filled with ashes.

Eric Middleton, 38, of 11240 N. Northwood Drive #112 in Inglis, is now charged with two counts of possession of a controlled substance and trafficking methamphetamine.

According to Citrus County deputies, they pulled over Middleton on Monday near River Road for not wearing his seatbelt.

Deputies say when they asked Middleton if he had anything illegal in the car, he voluntarily told them he had an "8 ball" of meth on the backseat.

Middleton then reportedly allowed deputies to search his vehicle.

In the front passenger seat deputies say the found a gray messenger bag with what appeared to be an urn in it.

Deputies opened the urn and found a plastic baggie filled with meth sticking out of ashes, an arrest affidavit states.

Under the ashes, deputies noted finding an additional baggies of containing meth.

One bag contained 30 pills which were later identified as Clonazepam, deputies say.

Middleton had a dog in the car and animal control was called in to take possession.

Middleton is being held on $54,000 bond.