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HB man charged with possession released, awaits court date

By Merab-Michal Favorite, Islander Reporter

A Holmes Beach man arrested in January after police found a pill under his seat during a traffic stop has been released on his own recognizance.

Brandon Gengler, 22, was released from Manatee County jail March 10 to participate in a court-ordered intervention program at a local rehabilitation center while he awaits a court date.

On Feb. 10, Gengler pleaded not guilty to a felony possession charge.

On Jan. 28, a Bradenton Police Department officer observed Brandon Gengler driving near the 2300 block of 11th Street West in Bradenton with a passenger, who was not wearing a seatbelt, according to the probable cause affidavit.

The officer conducted a traffic stop, and then requested a K9 unit perform a drug search.

In the search, the officer found a single pill under the driver’s seat that was determined to be hydrocodone, a prescription drug, the report said.

Gengler allegedly admitted to using prescription pills occasionally for recreational purposes, but said he hadn’t taken any pills that day and denied knowledge of the pill that was found under his seat.

He was charged with possession of a controlled substance and taken to Manatee County jail.

Gengler’s next court date is 10 a.m., April 4, at the Manatee County Judicial Center, 1051 Manatee Ave. W., Bradenton, at 10 a.m.

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