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Anna Maria traffic stop leads to drug arrest

By Merab-Michal Favorite, Islander Reporter.


A 46-year-old woman arrested March 17 faces multiple drug-related charges after deputies allegedly found oxycodone pills in her car, according to the Manatee County Sheriff’s Office.

Kelly Ringler, of Bradenton, was arrested for possession of controlled substance without prescription, possession of drug paraphernalia and knowingly driving with a suspended license after a deputy reported finding a pillbox containing four oxycodone in her car and two short straws and a mirror in her purse.

Ringler was pulled over near the 9700 block of Gulf Drive in Anna Maria about 12:55 a.m. for reportedly driving 44 mph in a 25-mph zone.

When Ringler stepped out of the car, the deputy saw her push a small box between the driver’s seat and the center console, according to the report.

Pills found in the box were later identified as oxycodone, the report states.

While in the back of the patrol car, Ringler told the deputy she didn’t know it was illegal to sniff pills and that she had a prescription.

She was taken to Manatee County jail and released the same day after posting a $4,500 bond. A court date is set for April 4 at the Manatee County Judicial Center, 1051 Manatee Ave. W., Bradenton.

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