BRADENTON -- A 25-year-old man faces several drug-related charges after he was caught dumping a large amount of marijuana trimmings in a Dumpster at a Bradenton shopping center, according to Bradenton police.
About 3:35 a.m. Friday, the officer saw a vehicle pull up behind a Dumpster in the 7200 block of Manatee Avenue West, in the Beachway Plaza shopping center. The driver, later identified as Christopher Stoddard was unloading a trash can and bags from his vehicle, according to a report.
"The officer approached the vehicle and noticed a large amount of marijuana plants in the bags," the report states.
After Stoddard was arrested, he told a narcotics detective that he had been growing and selling marijuana out of a residence in the 3600 block of 59th Street Drive West.
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"Mr. Stoddard stated that he was afraid that he was in danger of being discovered and decided to get rid of the evidence of the marijuana grow," a police report states. "Mr. Stoddard went on to explain that he sells the weed he grows and nets approximately $500 a week in marijuana sales."
Police executed a search warrant at the residence and found a large amount of marijuana grow equipment and a small amount of marijuana, according to the report.
Stoddar faces charges of growing and selling marijuana; and possessing marijuana with intent to distribute. He is being held at the Manatee County jail on bonds totaling $10,500.