Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Bradenton traffic stop yields 5 pounds of marijuana, arrest


MANATEE -- A traffic stop early Wednesday lead to the discovery of more than five pounds of marijuana in the vehicle, according to the Manatee County Sheriff's Office.

A deputy stopped Soutsaydone Suphanthamit, 29, of St. Petersburg in the 600 block of U.S. 301 Boulevard at 12:34 a.m. because a tag light was out. The deputy smelled unburnt marijuana and asked where the marijuana was. Suphanthamit removed a joint from his right front pocket and said, "Here it is, sorry, man," a report states.

The deputy search the vehicle and found what was weighed as 5.22 pounds of marijuana, in individual one-pound packages, according to the sheriff's office.

"The suspect advised that it was his for personal use," the report states.

Deputies also found that Suphanthamit was carrying $869 in cash, according to the report.

Suphanthamit faces charges of possession of marijuana with intent to sell and possession of drug paraphernalia, according to the sheriff's office. He was being held on bonds totaling $3,360.

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