3 arrested on drug charges in SWAT operation at Bradenton home

rdymond@bradenton.comSeptember 21, 2013 

MANATEE -- Three people were arrested Thursday after a Manatee County Sheriff's Office SWAT team executed a search warrant on a westside Bradenton home that had neighbors cheering.

As frustrated neighbors drove their cars past the home in the 200 block of 47th Street West where the raid was being conducted, many smiled and waved thumbs up at SWAT team members, and some said they were pleased.

"Drugs nonstop, all the time," nearby neighbor Tiffany Skimerhorn said of the home invaded by about a dozen SWAT members.

When the popular operation was over, Patrick Boyd Bridgman, 45, identified by authorities as having

control of the house, was arrested and charged with manufacture of cannabis, possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia, according to a sheriff's office arrest report.

Patrick Bridgman's son, Joshua Perry Bridgman, 19, who also lives at the house, was charged with felony possession of marijuana and possession of narcotic paraphernalia, thereport states.

Allyson Louise Self, 19, wholives at the home with the Bridgmans and is described as Joshua Bridgman's girlfriend, was charged with felony possession of marij-uana, possession of narcotic paraphernalia and possession of three controlled substances, included Oxycodone, Alprazolam and Buprenorphine, according to the report.

During their search of the house, the sheriff's office's special investigation division found 18 marijuana plants, more than 500 grams of loose marijuana leaves, and a large, clear plastic sandwich bag with 127.2 grams of freshly cut marijuana buds.

All of these items were found on the north side of the residence where Patrick Bridgman resides, according to the report.

Also found in this area were UV lamps, potting soil, fertilizer, plant pots, an air conditioning system and an elaborate electrical system.

In the bedroom shared byJoshua Bridgman and Self,SWAT members found five marijuana pipes and a glass jar with approximately 31.1 grams of marijuana inside.

Joshua Bridgman and Self told SWAT members that they do not sell marijuana and that the drug was for their personal use, the report states.

Patrick Bridgman was ar-rested Thursday and released Friday after posting a $3,500 bond, according to the sheriff's office website.

Joshua Bridgman was arrested Thursday and remained in the Manatee County jail with no bail, the website states.

Self was arrested Thursdayand remained in the ManateeCounty jail with bail set at$6,500, according to the web-site.

Richard Dymond, Herald reporter, can be reached at 941-745-7072.

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