Convicted felon facing drug, weapons charges after being stopped for having unassigned license plate

Convicted felon facing drug, weapons charges after being stopped for having unassigned license plate
Convicted felon facing drug, weapons charges after being stopped for having unassigned license plate (Source: Sarasota County Sheriff's Office)

SARASOTA, Fla. (WWSB) - Deputies say a convicted felon stopped for having an unassigned license plate was arrested on drug and weapons charges Tuesday.

Just before 3am, deputies stopped a vehicle on I-75 South near mile marker 205 when the license plate came back as unassigned. The driver, 37-year-old Juan Martinez of Arcadia, is a convicted felon and deputies say he was driving on a suspended license.

When he exited the vehicle, deputies say they could see meth and a loaded handgun on the floorboard near the driver's seat. A search uncovered additional ammunication, a loaded BB gun and drug paraphernalia in the trunk, according to the sheriff's office.

Martinez was arrested and charged with Trafficking in Methamphetamine, Possession of a Firearm While Trafficking, Possession of a Firearm by a Convicted Felon, Possession of Ammunition by a Convicted Felon, Possession of Marijuana, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, and Driving While License Suspended.

Copyright 2019 WWSB. All rights reserved.