Man arrested on drug charges after seatblet violation traffic stop

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PORT CHARLOTTE, FL. - The Charlotte County Sheriff's Office conducted a traffic stop on a Chevy Suburban occupied by two subjects.

The traffic stop was initiated due to the driver not wearing a seatbelt, which resulted in the arrest of the passenger, 37-year-old Eli Mariner of on 3 drug charges.

While deputies were on scene they noticed the driver, 27-year-old Dana Rodgers and Mariner appeared nervous. Rodgers and Mariner were asked if they had any drugs, weapons or contraband; in which they replied no and consented to a search. Officers found 7 grams of Crack Cocaine, 2.5 grams of Marijuana and Drug Paraphernalia on Mariner. The crack cocaine has a street value of over $600.00.

Rodgers was issued a warning for the seatbelt violation and released on scene. Mariner was taken to the Charlotte Jail; he was booked and given no bond due to prior Felony Convictions. Anyone with knowledge of illegal drug activity is asked to please call the CCSO Narcotics Unit at 941-575-2157, or Crime Stoppers at 800-780-TIPS (8477).