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Pill under seat leads to felony charge

By Mark Young, Islander Reporter

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A 22-year-old Holmes Beach man faces a felony possession charge after a Jan. 28 traffic stop in the 2300 block of 11th Street West, in Bradenton.

A Bradenton Police Department officer observed Brandon Gengler of Holmes Beach driving in the area with a passenger, who was not wearing a seatbelt, according to the probable cause affidavit.

The officer initiated a traffic stop and at some point requested a K9 unit to perform a “walk-around” drug search. The dog alerted to the driver’s side door.

After receiving permission to search the vehicle, while Gengler allegedly made statements that everything inside the vehicle belonged to him, the officer found a single pill under the driver’s seat that was determined to be hydrocodone, a prescription drug.

According to the report, Gengler allegedly admitted that he uses prescription pills for recreational purposes and that he has taken pills while driving his vehicle. However, he denied knowledge of the pill that was found under his seat, telling police that he does not know how it got there.

He was arrested and booked into the Manatee County jail for felony possession. Gengler is being held on $1,500 and, as of Islander press time, remained in custody.

He is scheduled to be arraigned at 9 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 6, at the Manatee County Judicial Center, 1051 Manatee Ave. W., Bradenton.

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