Sarasota sheriff: Man takes child, 6, to buy drugs

June 17, 2013 

SARASOTA -- A Sarasota man has been charged with bringing a 6-year-old boy with him when he and a friend drove to a north Sarasota home to buy drugs, according to the Sarasota County Sheriff's Office.

Just after 10 p.m. Friday, deputies made a traffic stop on a truck that had run a stop sign after leaving a residence at Dixie Avenue and Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard. In the vehicle, the found driver Fallon Miller, 32, passenger Gregory Wagner, 48, and the child sitting between them, according to a news release.

Deputies noticed that Miller had put crack cocaine in her mouth, and after a short struggle the drugs were collected as evidence, according to the sheriff's office.

Miller admitted hiding a crack pipe beneath the child and acknowledged her driver's license was suspended, according to the report.

"The area where the drug deal occurred has had a number of narcotics-related violent crimes recently and Wagner knowingly put the 6-year-old child at risk," the news release states.

Wagner is charged with child abuse and being principal to possession of cocaine. He is being held at the Sarasota County jail on bonds totaling $11,500, according to the sheriff's office website.

Miller is charged with possession of cocaine, tampering with evidence, possession of drug paraphernalia, driving while license is suspended and a probation violation. She was being held without bond at the Sarasota County jail.

Deputies called a family member to take custody of the child and reported the incident to the Department of Children and Families. This is Wagner’s 17th arrest in Sarasota County and Miller’s 22nd local arrest, according to the sheriff's office.

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