Holmes Beach police bust motorists with marijuana

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Alberto Lara, 23
Anthony Calhoon, 18

Stopped for seat belt infractions, two men were arrested in Holmes Beach with more than 136 grams of marijuana.

Holmes Beach Police Officer Adam observed the driver, Alberto Lara, 23, of Bradenton, and passenger Anthony Calhoon, 18, of Palmetto, at about 10:30 a.m. Nov. 8. They were traveling north on Palm Drive in a 2000 Honda without wearing seat belts.

Lara and Calhoon were subsequently arrested for possessing more than 20 grams of marijuana and drug paraphernalia.

The officer stopped the vehicle in the 200 block of Chilson Avenue, where Desantis reported a “strong odor of marijuana” about Lara and his vehicle. Lara allegedly told the officer he had smoked marijuana earlier in the day.

Lara also told police he, Calhoon and another man in the vehicle were going fishing. Three fishing poles stuck out of a rear window.

In a search of the vehicle, the officer reported finding 38.4 grams of marijuana and a scale in a black-and-blue case under the driver’s seat, which Lara allegedly told police belonged to him.

Calhoon allegedly claimed ownership of 98.2 grams of marijuana and a scale found in a red bag in the rear, according to the police report.

Lara also was charged with operating a vehicle without a driver’s license.

HBPD arrested Lara and Calhoon and transported them to the Manatee County jail.

The other passenger was not charged.

Lara posted $2,120 bond and was released.

Calhoon posted $2,000 bond and was released.

Their court arraignments are set at 9 a.m. Friday, Dec. 8, at the Manatee County Judicial Center, 1051 Manatee Ave. W., Bradenton.

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