Bradenton man implicated in 63-pound pot bust at airport

September 23, 2013 

MANATEE — Two men, including one from Bradenton, were arrested Sunday and charged with bringing more than 30 pounds of marijuana each Saturday from California to the Sarasota-Bradenton International Airport.

Shirden Coe, 35, of Wheatland, Calif., and Brett Alexander Mattson, 25, of Bradenton, brought in 31.5 and 31.6 pounds of vacuum sealed bags of suspected marijuana respectively, according to a Manatee County Sheriff’s Office report.

Coe and Mattson each checked two pieces of luggage in California and their bags, which were targeted by a K-9 drug-sniffing dog, each reportedly contained 28 sealed bags of the drug when opened in Sarasota.

Both men were charged with trafficking in marijuana.

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