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mug_pittsJer.jpgWhen Jeremy Louis Pitts, 23, passed through a security x-ray machine at a Manatee County courthouse, a sheriff’s deputy spotted something suspicious in his bag, reports the Sarasota Herald Tribune.

The objects turned out to be not only suspicious, but illegal: A glass pipe, some pot and vials of painkillers, the Sheriff’s Office reported.

Deputies arrested Pitts, of the 5300 block of 53rd Avenue West in Bradenton, on charges of possession of cannabis, paraphernalia and controlled substances.



Three woman were arrested after they were found with drugs when they showed up for Manatee County drug court.

When deputies searched Veronica Smith, 25, (pictured above) they found a syringe, a bottle of urine, four Roxicodone pills, 23 Soma pills and a spoon.

Smith said the urine and syringe belonged to another woman, 23-year-old Heather Foy. Smith told deputies she and Foy had gotten high in the judicial center bathrooms on several occasions, reports the Bradenton Herald.

Foy had one Roxicodone pill and a tourniquet. The third woman, Caeli Kenney, 19, had two Tamadol pills and four Roxicodone pill hidden in her groin area, deputies said.

All three women were charged with possession of a controlled substance.


Chantel Johnson

According to a St. Lucie County Sheriff’s Office report, Chantel Marissa Johnson, 21, of the 800 block of southeast 16th Street in Stuart, was arrested on a misdemeanor charge of possession of less than 20 grams of marijuana about 8:45 a.m. Tuesday when a small bag containing the drug was found in her purse at the entrance of the courthouse.

W.R. “Randy” Stringham, one of a team of private security officers who check people entering the courthouse, said he saw the razor, knife, scissors and padlock as Johnson’s purse went through a scanning device, so he decided to check the rest of its contents.

“I dumped out the purse, and it fell out,” Stringham said, referring to a small plastic bag with what he called in his report “green leafy material.

Johnson remained “cool and calm” when he found the marijuana, Stringham said, telling a woman with her, “I forgot that was there.”

Two sheriff’s deputies in the courthouse arrested Johnson, who was released from the St. Lucie County Jail after posting $500 bond.