Crime

Sheriff: Man arrested after his dad says he was using heroin

Herald Staff Report

Joseph Vitale
Joseph Vitale

A Bradenton man was arrested after his father called the sheriff’s office to report he was doing heroin two days after bailing out of jail, according to the Manatee County Sheriff's Office.

Joseph Vitale, 29, was arrested at 4:17 p.m. Friday and charged with possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia. He is being held at the Manatee County jail on bonds totaling $2,000.

Jail records show that Vitale on Wednesday, June 29, had bailed out of Manatee County jail on a $1,500 bond for violating his conditional release on another pending charge

On Friday, Vitale’s father called the sheriff’s office to report his son had just taken heroin, according to a report.

When deputies arrived at Vitale’s home in the 2100 block of Clark Avenue, his father gave them permission to enter the home and to talk to him, the report states. Vitale admitted to taken four baggies of heroin two hours before, according to the sheriff’s office.

Deputies found a pink baggie with a white substance in it in the entryway of the front door after he granted them permission to search his room and his father gave them permission to search the house. Vitale admitted the pink baggie was his and that it was heroin inside, deputies reported.

Vitale’s needles and spoon were found after he told deputies they were in the trash of the bathroom, according to the sheriff’s office.

He was then arrested.

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