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Traffic stop leads to seizure of 20 grams of marijuana, $8,675 and recovery of a stolen firearm
Sarasota Police Officers have arrested a Sarasota man after a traffic stop lead to the seizure of 20 grams of marijuana and the recovery of a stolen firearm. Dariente L. Singletary, 20, of Palmadelia Avenue, Sarasota, has been charged with Carrying a Concealed Firearm (felony), Possession of Marijuana with Intent to Sell/Manufacture/Deliver (felony) and Resisting an Officer with Violence (felony).
On October 26, 2018, at approximately 2:30 p.m., Officers were traveling on Leon Avenue in the City of Sarasota and observed a driver commit several traffic violations. Officers initiated a traffic stop and contacted Singletary. After refusing multiple commands from the Officers, Singletary was handcuffed and taken out of the car. Singletary was walked back to a patrol car but gave resistance and straightened his legs and torso to prevent both doors from being closed. Officers were able to secure Singletary in the patrol car.
During a search of the car Singletary was driving, Officers located:
- 9mm Pistol with a loaded magazine with 9 rounds of ammunition (this firearm was later listed as stolen out of the Manatee County Sheriff’s Office).
- 20.8 grams of marijuana.
- $2,275 in U.S. currency (an additional $6,400 was found in Singletary’s pockets) making the total $8,675 in U.S. currency.
- Digital scale, two cell phones, clear plastic sandwich bags (commonly used to package and sell narcotics).
Singletary was transported to the Sarasota County Jail where he later bonded out.