Bradenton man faces weapons, drug charges after traffic stop in Sarasota

July 11, 2013 

SARASOTA -- Three men, including a Bradenton resident, were arrested early Thursday after deputies found a loaded gun and drugs during a traffic stop in Sarasota, according to the Sarasota County Sheriff's Office.

About 2:22 a.m., deputies stopped a pickup truck the ran a stop sign as it left the parking lot of Kay's Lounge on North Washington Boulevard.

"Before the vehicle pulled over, deputies saw two men in the bed of the truck take items out of their pockets and place them under a tool box behind them," a news release states.

Deputies determined the driver, Phillip Richardson, 19, of Sarasota was driving with a suspended license, according to the report.

"When the passengers got out of the truck deputies saw two bags and a gun where they had been sitting," the report states. "One contained marijuana, the other held six small baggies of cocaine individually packaged for sale, and deputies determined the .22-caliber revolver was loaded."

Charles Johnson, 26, of Bradenton, was charged with possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, possession of ammunition by a convicted felon and possession of marijuana, according to the sheriff's office. He was being held on bonds totaling $15,500.

Bernard Washington, 21, of Sarasota, is charged with possession of cocaine with intent to sell and possession of marijuana, according to the report. He was being held on bonds totaling $20,500.

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