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Traffic stop nets Colorado fugitive, charge added

By Mark Young, Islander Reporter

Castillo

A 25-year-old Bradenton man formerly from Colorado was arrested for felony possession of a controlled substance after being stopped for speeding Feb. 24.

A Manatee County Sheriff’s Office deputy was conducting speed enforcement operations in the 11900 block of Cortez Road West when he said he observed Raul Castillo traveling 52 mph in a 35-mph zone.

The deputy stopped Castillo in the 600 block of Gulf Drive North in Bradenton Beach. Castillo produced a revoked Colorado driver’s license. The deputy also discovered an active arrest warrant out of Colorado on file, so he was arrested.

During a post-arrest search of Castillo’s vehicle, the deputy allegedly found 14.9 grams of marijuana in a bag inside the suspect’s backpack.

Castillo was booked into the Manatee County jail for felony possession of a controlled substance and held on $1,500 bond. As of The Islander press time, Castillo remained in custody pending the status of his Colorado warrant.

In the meantime, he is scheduled to be arraigned on felony drug possession at 9 a.m. Friday, March 14, at the Manatee County Judicial Center, 1051 Manatee Ave. W., Bradenton.

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