MANATEE — Two Sarasota men remained in jail Wednesday, charged with trafficking four rifles in exchange for 40mg Oxycontin pills in a Starbucks parking lot, according to Manatee County Sheriff’s Office reports.
Anthony Michael Grande, 28, and Thomas R. Sollock, 37, both of Sarasota, face charges of attempted armed trafficking of a controlled substance. Using an undercover detective and a confidential informant, a deal was set up near the coffee shop in the 4400 block of 14th Street West just after noon Monday.
The deal was to trade a 7mm rifle, 30/30 rifle with a high power scope, a 12-gauge shotgun and a .22 caliber rifle for 30 Oxycontin pills, according to the report.
Detectives used 30 placebo pills during the deal, which took place in the far west end of the parking lot.
Law enforcement was waiting and both men were taken into custody.
The guns came from a storage unit in Sarasota belonging to Grande’s father. Grande told detectives he previously took a 357-magnum pistol and sold it to a drug dealer in Sarasota in exchange for 10 30mg Roxicodone. He had taken the key from his father’s home a week ago and stole all of the guns and tools from the storage unit, according to the report.
Grande was previously arrested for robbery and is on probation for burglary, according to the report. He was convicted of burglary and grand theft in Sarasota in February, according to the Department of Corrections website.
Both Grande and Sollock are being held on $100,000 bond, according to the sheriff’s office website.