Two Sarasota residents are facing charges of trafficking in nearly a kilogram of cocaine.
The arrests came after Sarasota County Sheriff’s deputies established surveillance around a residence in the 2700 block of Jay Place on Friday, pending the controlled delivery of 994.4 grams of cocaine.
About 2:30 p.m. Friday, detectives saw a silver Lexus circling the area. Nine minutes later, the controlled delivery was made at the Jay Place residence. Moments later, the Lexus stopped a few houses away, and a passenger exited the vehicle, grabbed the package and ran back to the Lexus, the Sarasota sheriff’s office reported.
The Lexus pulled away from the residence at high speed, but was stopped by deputies, and the occupants were detained.
Upon stopping the vehicle, investigators found that the top of the package of cocaine had been ripped open. The package was in the back seat of the Lexus with the passenger, the sheriff’s office reported.
After the suspects were read their Miranda rights, they told investigators they had agreed to steal the package after seeing it delivered.
The suspects were identified as Alan A. Acosta-Mata, 26, and Yestel J. Guerrero-Mata, 17, the sheriff’s office reported.
Prior to his arrest, Acosta-Mata was on probation for carrying a concealed firearm.
Guerrero-Mata was on supervised release for possession of cocaine.