BRADENTON -- Police arrested four Tuesday afternoon on charges of drug trafficking and possession of both cocaine and marijuana, according to the Bradenton Police Department.
The SWAT team conducted the first search at 2 p.m. in the 2000 block of 7th Avenue Drive East in Bradenton, according to a release. As the SWAT team approached, several officers said they heard a single gunshot.
Four people were detained in the home and 30 grams of marijuana were found individually bagged for sale, as well as a handgun that was near the subjects, police said.
Travis Thomas, 23, claimed the marijuana and the handgun belonged to him, and he was arrested and charged with possession with intent to sell marijuana. All four said they heard the gunshot but knew nothing further about it.
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Govan Curtis, 18, had a small amount of marijuana found on his person and was charged with possession.
Thomas is being held in the Manatee County jail on $2,000 bond.
The second incident was at 3 p.m. in the 700 block of 12th Avenue West, according to police. The Gang Unit was patrolling when they observed a hand to hand narcotics deal between Benjamin Axon, 26, and Francisco Rivera, 45.
When officers approached, Axon tried to run and was caught, according to the report. Both were placed under arrest and police found five grams of rock cocaine on Axon as well as $1,000 in cash. Rivera had a small amount of rock cocaine on his person.
The area was within 1,000 feet of Rogers Elementary School, so Axon was charged with possession with intent to sell rock cocaine within 1,000 feet of a school and resisting an officer without violence. Rivera was charged with possession.
Axon was released from the Manatee County jail on Wednesday on $20,500 bond.