BRADENTON -- A man was arrested Thursday after he was found hiding in mangrove bushes with a glass pipe commonly used for smoking methamphetamine and cooking tools, according to the Manatee County Sheriff's Office.
Forty-three-year-old Tommy Ray Reppond was charged with loitering/prowling, possession of paraphernalia, possession of burglary tools, unlawful possession of a listed chemical, possession of a controlled substance and introduction of contraband into a correctional facility. According to a sheriff's report, Reppond was seen riding his bike eastbound on Riverview Boulevard around 6:30 a.m. Thursday with a small black bag before jumping off his bike and throwing it over a guard rail into a wooded area.
Reppond was then seen hiding in a mangrove bush, according to the report. He told deputies he was waiting for a friend he was supposed to fish with, but he had no fishing poles or fishing equipment. The deputy opened the bag and, according to the probable cause affidavit, found a bottle of muriatic acid and a magic bullet blender, among other items, which another deputy described as a possible meth lab.
According to deputies, Reppond said: "I wasn't the one that was going to cook it sir! I was taking it to my friend Tiffany so she could."
Deputies also found a glass pipe on Reppond, who admitted to smoking meth earlier that day, according to the report. After Reppond was transported to jail, deputies found meth hidden in his wallet.
Reppond was being held in jail on bonds totaling $12,620. According to the Manatee County Sheriff's Office website, he was also charged with battery that same day
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