More than nine pounds of suspected synthetic marijuana, five grams of marijuana, 67.5 grams of cocaine and four firearms were seized Wednesday as a result of a Bradenton Police Department operation targeting illicit narcotics sales within the city.
Following a long-term investigation, detectives with the SWAT team searched multiple Bradenton homes on Wednesday after obtaining enough probable cause for a judge to issue search warrants.
As a result of the searches, police also made eight arrests. Those arrested and their charges are:
▪ Thomas Campbell, 21, possession of synthetic marijuana.
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▪ Patricia Barnes, 42, possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of fentanyl.
▪ Brandi Marshall, 20, possession of synthetic marijuana.
▪ Ryan Schmidt, 28, driving with a suspended license.
▪ Richard Smith, 34, sale of synthetic marijuana.
▪ Larry Lee Woodard, 23, violation of probation, possession of marijuana and fleeing to elude.
▪ Briana Martin, 25, trafficking in cocaine.
▪ Antonio Ray, 24, trafficking in cocaine.
Anyone with any information about the investigation is asked to call the Bradenton Police Department at 941-932-9300 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. To remain anonymous and be eligible for a cash reward up to $1,000, tips cans be submitted by calling Crime Stoppers at 1-866-634-8477(TIPS) or at manateecrimestoppers.com.