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Clinton County Courthouse

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CLINTON —A Clinton man will serve some jail time for possessing cocaine near a Clinton business.

Zachary C. Sumpter, 26, 303 19th Place, pleaded guilty to possession of cocaine and was ordered to serve 240 days in the Clinton County Jail, with 210 days suspended, and fined $500. He must complete 12 months of probation and receive a substance-abuse evaluation from New Directions. His driver’s license will be revoked for 180 days.

According to court documents, the charge resulted from a June 21 incident when a Clinton police officer visited Ray’s Timeout, 1815 Manufacturing Drive, for a bar walk through at 19:45 p.m. Officer Kristopher Blount observed two males standing outside the east side of the building and noted that one of the male, identified as Sumpter, had a clear plastic baggie in his hands, according to the affidavit. Through Blount’s training and experience he knew that people who sell or use narcotics often package them in clear baggies.

Court documents continue that Blount observed the defendant opening the bag and placing his nose in the baggy. As the officer got closer, he observed a white powdery substance in the bag, which he could identify as cocaine through his training, according to the affidavit. Sumpter admitted he had been snorting cocaine when Blount approached him, according to court documents.

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