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.