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Holmes Beach man arrested on heroin charge

By Mark Young, Islander Reporter


A 28-year-old Holmes Beach man was arrested Jan. 17 for possession of heroin.

According to the probable cause affidavit, Kristopher Smith was parked in the 7300 block of Cortez Road in Bradenton. The Manatee County Sheriff’s Office was called regarding a suspicious vehicle because Smith was allegedly parked for more than an hour.

An MCSO deputy made contact with Smith while he was still in his vehicle. According to the report, the deputy observed a syringe lying on Smith’s left leg. Smith allegedly told the deputy he had recently “shot up” muscle relaxers into his leg.

The deputy observed a baggie of brown powder in plain view on the center console. After receiving consent to search the vehicle, the powder tested positive for heroin.

The deputy allegedly found .7 grams of heroin inside a sunglasses case, as well as two more syringes.

Smith was charged with felony possession of heroin and misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia.

He was booked into the Manatee County jail and held on $5,120 bond.

He was scheduled to be arraigned at 9 a.m. Friday, Feb. 15 at the Manatee County Judicial Center, 1051 Manatee Ave. W., Bradenton.

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