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Wanted Bradenton murder suspect was arrested July 3 with drugs in his mouth; bonded out 3 days before slayings

This story was originally published July 3.

BRADENTON -- A 33-year-old Bradenton man faces several drug charges after he spit out of his mouth several baggies containing crack cocaine and heroin while being arrested, according to Bradenton police.

About 12:20 a.m. Friday, the Bradenton police gang unit made a traffic stop in the 1900 block of Seventh Avenue East, according to a report.

Officers smelled the odor of marijuana and searched the vehicle, finding drugs and drug paraphernalia. The occupant, identified as Terez Jones, admitted the items were his, police said.

"Once in custody Mr. Jones was asked to open his mouth and refused," the report states. "Mr. Jones then broke free from the officers and traveled a short distance before being taken back into custody."

Once under control, Jones then spit two bags out of his mouth, according to police. One bag contained crack cocaine, while the other had several baggies containing heroin.

Jones was taken to a hospital to ensure he didn't ingest any of the drugs, police said.

Jones was later booked into the Manatee County jail, where he was held on $18,000 bond.

He faces charges of possession of cocaine with intent to distribute, possession of heroin with intent to distribute, drug possession, escape and tampering with evidence, according to the jail website.

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