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BB restaurant owner faces marijuana charge

By Merab-Michal Favorite, Islander Reporter

A Bradenton Beach restaurant owner received a notice to appear in court May 27 after a Holmes Beach Police Department officer found marijuana and more than 200 pills in his possession.

George Frangoulis of Bradenton received a notice to appear for possession of less than 20 grams of marijuana and a civil citation for not wearing a seatbelt.

The 35-year-old owner of Maria’s Family Restaurant, 101 Seventh St. S., Bradenton Beach, was initially pulled over at 4100 Gulf Drive around 8:44 a.m. for not wearing a seat belt.

According to the report, when the HBPD officer asked Frangoulis for his driver’s license, the officer smelled marijuana.

Frangoulis allegedly told the officer he had recently smoked a joint and threw it out the window.

Frangoulis surrendered a cigarette pack containing a small plastic bag holding 2 grams of marijuana, according to the police report.

He also gave the officer a package containing 222 pills, which he claimed belonged to his mother.

He told the officer his grandmother had mailed them to the restaurant from Greece, the report said. Inside the package were three types of pills.

The officer searched Frangoulis’ black Nissan and found no other contraband.

HBPD Chief Bill Tokajer said Frangoulis was not charged with possession of the pills because they are not considered narcotics.

Tokajer said Frangoulis’ mother picked up the pills at the station.

Frangoulis’ arraignment will be held 9 a.m. Tuesday, July 1, at the Manatee County Judicial Center, 1051 Manatee Ave., W., Bradenton.

3 Responses to BB restaurant owner faces marijuana charge

  1. Paul Donner says:

    In the previous story, a tourist was arrested and had to post a bond on the drug charge. A BB resident gets a ticket. Does not sound like equal protection to me. Are there two sets of laws on the island? I know you like all the taxes you collect from us, so how about fair and EQUAL treatment?

    • Bob Haroldson says:

      Bail may be different for a number of reasons. The primary purpose of bail is to assure that an accused appears in court to answer to the charges. The common thought is that a local person with ties to the community is more likely to appear in court than a visitor with no ties to the community. The other case also involved alleged endangerment to a child requiring medical intervention. Different result for different facts.

    • Destroying Ignorance says:

      Well everybody lets take a minute to help the ignorance of Mr Donner. Dear Mr Donner a notice to appear is an arrest and not just a ticket and can be issued for minor arrests as long as the arrested party has a local address. In the previous case if you took the time to search the manatee county Sheriff’s office website you would see that the mother was also booked on contributing to the delinquency of a minor and the marijuana charge. A bit more serious than just the marijuana charge. But feel free to keep your blinders on and only read what a misinformed local paper writes.

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