HB marijuana bust flops in court

Two men arrested with more than 136 grams of marijuana in Holmes Beach were sentenced to probation in court.

Alberto Lara, 23, of Bradenton, and Anthony Calhoun, 18, of Palmetto, pleaded no contest Jan. 4 to charges of felony possession of more than 20 grams of marijuana and misdemeanor possession of paraphernalia.

Twelfth Circuit Judge Brian Iten withheld adjudication on all charges, ordering Lara to 12 months probation and Calhoun to 18 months probation.

A withhold is a non-conviction court disposition typically used for first-time offenders.

Manatee County court records show no prior convictions for Calhoun, but indicate Lara was found guilty of misdemeanor assault and resisting an officer in 2015. The case stemmed from a 2014 fight with a Bradenton Hooter’s patron and threats to Manatee County deputies.

In addition to probation for the Holmes Beach charges, both men were ordered to 50 hours of public service. Early termination of the probation is available to Lara. Calhoun’s probation can terminate if he completes its terms within nine months.

Both men were arrested in November 2017 after a Holmes Beach police officer stopped them in the 200 block of Chilson Avenue for seat belt violations.

After smelling marijuana coming from the vehicle, a police search found large quantities of the drug. Lara allegedly told police 38.4 grams of marijuana and a scale belonged to him. Calhoun allegedly claimed ownership of 98.2 grams of marijuana and a scale.

Lara and Calhoun were assessed costs and fines of $935 and $778, respectively, according to the records.

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