Sarasota detectives find 80 bags of heroin, 10 bags of cocaine in car

Posted on June 5, 2014 

Marlon Cordova

— A man is charged with selling heroin and drug trafficking after Sarasota authorities say they found 80 bags of heroin and 10 bags of cocaine in a car he was travelling in during a traffic stop.

Marlon Cordova, 25, of North Port, was arrested Wednesday by Sarasota County Sheriff's Office detectives who were executing a warrant near the 8700 block of Trionfo Avenue in North Port, according to a news release.

Cordova, who was a passenger in the vehicle, had four active warrants for the sale of heroin to an undercover detective, authorities said.

When he was removed from the passenger seat and taken into custody, detectives found a bag of cocaine on the passenger's side floorboard, the news release states.

A further search of the vehicle turned up 80 individual bags of heroin and 10 individual bags of cocaine, according to the release. Three additional cocaine baggies were found on the side of the road, along with prescription pills, which deputies said they saw being thrown from the vehicle prior to the stop.

Cordova is being charged with trafficking in heroin, possession of cocaine with intent to sell and two counts of possession of a controlled substance, in addition to the four counts of sale of a controlled substance (heroin).

The Sarasota County Sheriff's Office credited the North Port Police Department with assisting in Cordova's apprehension.

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