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08/08/2014 & 08/15/2014

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Deputies seized about two pounds of marijuana found in a July 31 traffic stop. Photo courtesy Sheriff's Office. (Inset) Carmon P. Merideth/Contributed photo CRIME BLOTTER The Sarasota County Sheriff's Office has arrested a man on drug charges after finding about two pounds of marijuana during a traf- fic stop, the office has announced. On the night of July 31, deputies pulled over a 1999 Ford F-150 driven by Carmon P. Merideth, 20, on Bee Ridge Road in Sarasota, a news release says. During a search of his vehicle, the deputies found three packages of marijuana. All totaled, the drugs weighed 895 grams (just under 2 pounds), and depu- ties seized approximately $740 in cash, the MAN ARRESTED AFTER DEPUTIES DISCOVER MARIJUANA IN TRAFFIC STOP release points out. "Merideth claims to live in Pompano Beach," the release says, but he has an Indiana driver's license and he previously lived in Sarasota. Merideth was charged with Possession of Cannabis with Intent to Sell and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. He has prior arrests for Cocaine Trafficking, Marijuana Possession and violating probation. In a 2012 case against him, the release notes, law enforcement offi- cers seized nearly 90 grams of cocaine, 246 grams of marijuana and $18,000 in cash.

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