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Bradenton man sentenced to more than 10 years for drug trafficking

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TAMPA, FL (WWSB) - Michael Bernard Code, 36, has been sentenced to 10 years and 5 months in federal prison for possessing, with the intent to distribute controlled substances. 

According to court documents, the Manatee County Sheriff's Office and the Drug Enforcement Administration tried initiating a traffic stop with a vehicle that Code was in.  

According to court documents, Code fled during the traffic stop and took off on foot. 

Witnesses advised law enforcement that they saw Code throw objects on the ground in two separate locations. A search of those locations revealed a black magnetic type box containing the following: a digital scale, a plastic baggy containing Xanax pills, a plastic baggy containing approximately 13.5 grams of suspected fentanyl, a plastic baggy containing 13 smaller baggies with suspected fentanyl weighing approximately 8.2 grams, and a third plastic baggy containing 26 individual small baggies with an off-white powdery substance. Code returned to the vehicle and was detained. 

Deputies say Code told law enforcement he used narcotics and tested narcotics.

Code pleaded guilty on December 13, 2017.