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Two Venice suspects charged with drug sales after deputies find $40,000 in cash, 642 grams of pot

SARASOTA -- Two suspects were charged with possession with intent to sell marijuana on Friday after deputies executed search warrants that resulted in more than $40,000 in cash and 642 grams of marijuana, according to the Sarasota County Sheriff's Office.

In December 2014 an undercover officer met with Jared Grad, 23, at Grad's residence in the 200 block of Plantation Road in Venice, according to a report. The officer bought 27.6 grams of marijuana from Grad in exchange for $270.

On Thursday and Friday officers obtained an arrest warrant for Grad and a search warrant for his residence, according to deputies. Prior to the execution of the search warrant, deputies saw Grad leave in a vehicle and stopped the car.

Deputies then arrested Grad and found $1,480 in cash in his wallet, which was seized, according to the report.

Deputies then executed the search warrant on Grad's home and found 160.7 grams of marijuana, multiple baggies and digital scales, which were all seized as evidence.

Another search warrant was executed in the 400 block of Magnolia Road in Venice on Friday, at the home of suspect Elaina Leighton, 22, deputies said. At that residence, deputies discovered 481 grams of cannabis, multiple baggies and more than $40,000 in cash.

Leighton was arrested and in subsequent interviews told detectives she had been selling drugs for the past three to four years, according to the report.

Grad is charged with possession of cannabis with intent to sell, possession of paraphernalia and three counts of sale of cannabis stemming from three undercover drug buys in recent weeks. He was released on $6,500 bond.

Leighton is charged with possession of cannabis with intent to distribute and violation of probation. She remains in jail on the latter charge.

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