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Gage County deputies arrested a man for drug possession following reports that he was driving under the influence.

Shortly before 10 p.m. Tuesday, Gage County deputies responded to the area of S. 148th and Sargent roads for a report of suspicious, and possible drug-related, activity.

It was reported that a male wearing a blue shirt and blue jeans driving a dark Ford Fusion with no license plates may have been under the influence of narcotics and was in possession of narcotics.

According to a press release from the sheriff’s office, the caller followed the vehicle until the Fusion stopped to get gas at the One-Stop gas station at 11684 East U.S. Highway 136.

Deputies arrived on location and made contact with the driver of the Fusion, identified as Whitney Hopkins, a 57-year-old man from Blue Springs.

During the course of the investigation, the sheriff’s office K-9 was deployed on Hopkins’ vehicle and a narcotics sniff was conducted.

The K-9 indicated the presence of narcotics inside the vehicle, the press release stated. A vehicle search was conducted and deputies located multiple individually packaged small baggies with a crystal like substance located inside of them. The substance was later identified as methamphetamine. A glass meth pipe was also located in the vehicle.

Hopkins was arrested for possession of methamphetamine with intent to deliver, possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of a controlled substance.

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