Drugs, weapons seized during raid on Sarasota home; three arrested

Narcotics and Firearms Bust

SARASOTA, Fla. (WWSB) - Three people were arrested last week following a raid at a home in Sarasota following several undercover drug buys.

Drug raid at a home on 31st Way in Sarasota
Drug raid at a home on 31st Way in Sarasota (Source: Sarasota Police)

Last Thursday, police searched a home on the 3000 block of 31st Way, seizing several guns, ammo, cocaine, several types of prescription pills, and ecstasy. Three people were arrested, including:

  • Terrence Manley, 53, charged with Sale of Cocaine within 1000 feet of a church
  • Joseph G. Heard, 27, charged with Carrying a Concealed Weapon and Possession of Marijuana less than 20 grams and Possession of Paraphernalia
  • Amanda E. Taggart, 28, charged with Possession of a Legend Drug (Gabapentin - an anti-epileptic drug)
Terrence Manley, 53; Joseph G. Heard, 27; and Amanda E. Taggart, 28
Terrence Manley, 53; Joseph G. Heard, 27; and Amanda E. Taggart, 28 (Source: Sarasota County Sheriff's Office)

In all, police say they found:

  • 27 grams of MDMA (a psychoactive drug also known as molly or ecstasy)
  • .38 Smith &Wesson Revolver (fully loaded with five .38 Rounds)
  • .380 KAHR Semi-Auto Pistol (4 rounds/1 in chamber)
  • 8.8 grams of an unknown white powder (Lab Analysis Ordered)
  • 14 - 8mg Buprenorphine patches (used to treat severe pain)
  • 5 - 8mg Buprenorphine pills (opioid medication)
  • 11.5 grams (23pills) Gabapentin (anti-epileptic drug)
  • .5 grams (1pill) Mirtazapine (legend drug - used to treat depression)
  • Ammo box filled with mix ammunition (5.56mm/9mm) and a large knife
  • Scale with white residue
  • Paraphernalia (7 crack pipes/multiple single doze zip-loc bags)
  • .3 grams of crack cocaine

Police continue to investigate.

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