SARASOTA -- Police arrested two suspects with cocaine, crack cocaine, heroin, MDMA and nearly $2,000 in cash in a vehicle after they ran a stop sign on Sunday, according to the Sarasota Police Department.
Officers initiated a traffic stop at 4 a.m. Sunday in the 2800 block of Central Avenue in Sarasota after observing two suspects run a stop sign at the intersection of 22nd Street and Leon Avenue. Police said they could smell marijuana emitting from the vehicle.
The vehicle failed to stop, and the suspects proceeded northbound on Central Avenue, drove through a dead end and crashed into a tree, according to a release.
Suspects Thomas McDuffie, 29, of Orlando, and Tyderian Jenkins, 21, of Parrish, left the vehicle and fled on foot. McDuffie threw a red canister out of the vehicle as he ran, which was later identified as a Pringles can containing illegal drugs, according to police.
Officers caught McDuffie and Jenkins and searched the vehicle finding 2.4 grams of powder cocaine, 21.1 grams of crack cocaine, three grams of heroin, MDMA, marijuana and $1,715 in cash, according to a release.
Of the cash found, $1,499 was found on McDuffie. When police asked why he was carrying so much cash he would not provide a reason, police said.
McDuffie is being charged with driving with a suspended license, possession of crack cocaine with intent to sell, possession of powder cocaine with intent to sell, possession of heroin with intent to sell, leaving the scene of a crash and obstruction without violence.
Jenkins is being charged with possession of marijuana with intent to sell and obstruction without violence.