Two men have been arrested following a day of boating on Doctors Lake. The Clay County Sheriff's Office and Customs an border protection worked together on the arrests, which were drug-related.
According to the Clay County Sheriff's Department, it happened Friday evening when the Marine Interdiction Patrol came upon a boat with four men onboard.
The agent says as he approached the boat, he saw one of the passengers tucking something into the side of the boat, so he pulled alongside and boarded the boat to conduct a safety inspection.
Saying the man was still acting as though he was trying to hide something, the agent requested permission to search the boat, which was granted by the boat's captain.
The agent found marijuana under a seat and two bags. Inside the bag, the agent found an Altoids container filled with what proved to be Xanax pills. The marijuana found under the seat weighed 6 grams.
Leonard Abbott Velez III, 26, said one of the bags was his.
Velez was arrested and charged with possession of a controlled substance and possession of less than 20 grams of cannabis.
The other bag found by the agent was claimed by the boat's captain, Joseph Allen Rodriguez, 26.
That bag contained a baggie filled with marijuana and two cigars. The weight of the marijuana was 11.2 grams.
Rodriguez faces a charge of possession of less than 20 grams of cannabis.
The boat was released to Rodriguez's mother and the two men were taken to jail by Clay County deputies.
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By Dave Wax Ann Butler
Created: 9/28/2009 11:46:38 AM
Updated: 9/28/2009 12:20:24 PM
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