Marijuana triggers BBPD arrest

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The odor of marijuana from a vehicle at the Coquina Beach South Boat Ramp after hours led Bradenton Beach police to seize almost an ounce of the controlled substance.

Joshua Burls, 22, of Bradenton, was arrested Dec. 29, 2017, after BBPD Officer Alexander Hurt approached the vehicle parked at 12:34 a.m. in the lot in the 2000 block of Gulf Drive South.

Hurt noticed a marijuana cigarette in the driver’s mouth, smoke rolling from a window and an odor of cannabis, according to a police report.

Burls told the officer he had and his girlfriend “were just hanging out” and he had a “little bit of weed in the car,” the report stated.

Hurt searched the vehicle and found 27.2 grams of marijuana in the center console. Under Florida law, possessing more than 20 grams of marijuana is a felony.

The BBPD report states Burls acknowledged he owned the bag of marijuana.

His girlfriend allegedly told police: “I don’t know where that stuff came from, it’s not mine.”

Burls was placed under arrest and transported to the Manatee County jail.

He posted $1,500 bond and was released, pending an arraignment is set for 9 a.m. Friday, Feb. 2, at the Manatee County Judicial Center, 1051 Manatee Ave. W., Bradenton.

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