Bradenton woman faces drug charges

A 23-year-old Bradenton woman faces a felony drug charge following a traffic stop May 26 in Holmes Beach.

According to the probable cause affidavit, a Holmes Beach Police Department officer made contact with Gina Barrese in the 5600 block of Gulf Drive.

The officer allegedly found four syringes in a sunglass case between the driver’s seat and center console and a fifth syringe in the glove department. The officer also observed a drop of blood on the center console, and reported finding a burned spoon that appeared to be wet from recent use.

A single prescription pill was located in a plastic bag inside of Barrese’s purse, according to the report.

Barrese was arrested for felony possession of a controlled substance and misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia.

She was booked into the Manatee County jail and held on $2,000 bond. According to jail records, Barrese posted bond and was released.

She is scheduled to be arraigned at 9 a.m. Friday, June 14, at the Manatee County Judicial Center, 1051 Manatee Ave. W., Bradenton.

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