MANATEE -- A Palmetto man was charged with possession of no more than 20 grams of marijuana, according to the Manatee County Sheriff's Office.
Elias A. Perez, 21, was arrested at 10:41 p.m. Friday in the 100 block of Kay Road in East Manatee. According to a report, Perez was a passenger in a vehicle that was stopped for a traffic violation. As deputies approached, they reported smelling a strong odor of marijuana coming from the vehicle. Deputies said Perez, who was seated in the front passenger seat, had residue of a green leafy substance all over his sweater.
According to a report, Perez was searched and a small bag of marijuana was found in one of his pockets. A marijuana cigarette was also found between the passenger seat and passenger door. The total weight of marijuana found was 4.5 grams.
Perez was released Saturday from Manatee County jail on $500 bond, according to the sheriff's website.