SARASOTA, Fla. (WWSB) - Deputies arrested a 30-year-old convicted felon on drug and weapons charges Thursday night after a traffic stop and brief vehicle pursuit.
Deputies say they tried to stop a car driving without its headlights on around 10pm Thursday on Tamiami Trail near Club Drive, but the driver fled south on Tamiami. While deputies were chasing the car, they say the driver threw two items out of the passenger window of the car.
With help from the sheriff’s office helicopter and after using stop sticks that deflated all four tires, deputies stopped the car on Tamiami near Bay Avenue in Osprey where they took 30-year-old Ramirez Bradwell of Orlando into custody.
Deputies say they searched for the items that were thrown out of the car window and found a sandwich baggie tied into a knot that contained a brownish-colored powder and a 9mm handgun with a 21-round magazine. The gun had been reported stolen.
Inside the vehicle, deputies say they found 14 baggies with a brownish-colored powder similar to the same baggie they found had been thrown from the car window. They also found several latex gloves in the center console.
The suspected narcotics were taken back to Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office and testing results revealed that the brown powder was fentanyl.
A criminal history check showed that Bradwell already has over four felony convictions. He was arrested and is facing three felony charges, including Armed Trafficking in Fentanyl, Possession of a Firearm by a Convicted Felon, and Fleeing to Elude. Bradwell remains in custody on $235,000 bond.