BRADENTON -- A 41-year-old Lakeland man was arrested after police found him in illegal possession of more $2,300 worth of Oxycodone, according to the Bradenton Police Department.
At 7:13 p.m. Monday, an officer stopped Randolph Santiago's vehicle for a window tint violation, according to a news release. Santiago was the registered owner of the vehicle and the only one in the vehicle.
Santiago agreed to a search of his vehicle, which uncovered a backpack containing 144 30mg Oxycodone pills, police said. Santiago eventually admitted acquiring the pills illegally without a prescription for his own personal use, police said.
The pills were seized and weighed 14.4 grams with an approximate street value of $2,320. As a result, Santiago will be charged with a first-degree felony count of trafficking in Oxycodone.
He faces a mandatory minimum sentence of 15 years in prison if convicted, according to state statute.
Santiago was released from the Manatee County jail after posting a $10,000 bond.
Anyone with any information about the case can call the Bradenton Police Department
Narcotics Division at 941-932-9316.