Bradenton police arrest girl on drug-dealing charge

Posted by MARC R. MASFERRER on April 4, 2014 

BRADENTON -- A juvenile girl and two women were arrested Thursday after the girl was found to be carrying rock cocaine, according to Bradenton police.

About 5:42 p.m. in the 1200 block of 21st Avenue West, the girl ran up to the side of an unmarked police vehicle and asked three officers with the Casual Clothes Unit, "You, what up, what you got?" a report states.

"Upon looking in the vehicle, she observed that the CCU members were wearing their POLICE tactical vests and badges."

The girl said she was kidding and quickly walked away from the vehicle and onto a property clearly marked with a "No Trespassing" sign.

While walking away, the girl threw down a green marker that officers found was full of rock cocaine, police said.

A representative of the property owner asked police to arrest anyone who was trespassing.

While officers were trying to arrest the girl, two women, Darlene L. Miller and Sherica L. Garvin, walked onto the marked property. Despite police warnings, the pair refused to leave the property and continued interfering with the arrest, police said.

"Both were extremely unruly and continuously made racial derogatory comments towards CCU members, prior to, during and after their arrest," the report states.

While officers searched Miller, she tried to knee an officer in the face and kicked her shoe at another officer. The search revealed a vial that had cocaine residue, police said.

The girl was arrested on charges of possession of cocaine with intent to sell and trespassing. She was taken to a juvenile detention center.

Miller, 24, faces charges of battery on an officer, drug possession, resisting arrest, trespassing and violating the city's open container ordinance. She was being held without bond at the Manatee County jail.

Garvin, 23, faces charges of trespassing and resisting arrest. She was released after posting bonds totaling $1,000, according to the jail website.

No one was injured during the arrests.

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