Traffic Stop Yields Loaded Gun and Drugs

NEWS RELEASE #: 16-238

The Sarasota County Sheriff's Office arrested two Bradenton residents after a traffic stop led deputies to the discovery of a loaded firearm, prescription pills, pipes, and syringes.

Deputies in the area of North Washington Avenue and 17th Street in Sarasota, conducted a stop for a traffic violation just after 6:30 p.m., Wednesday evening. While making contact with the driver and passengers, deputies noticed a weapon on the floorboard lying in plain view and asked everyone to exit the vehicle. While standing near the car, 46-year-old passenger Patricia Aurandt attempted to discreetly kneel down and dispose of a pill bottle containing methamphetamine and Clonazepam. In addition to the drugs, deputies recovered a bullet in Aurandt's pocket. While searching the vehicle, deputies seized a .38 caliber loaded gun, Alprazolam, marijuana, several syringes, pipes, and baggies containing narcotics residue. Aurandt and driver 26-year-old Keith McCarty were arrested and taken to the Sarasota County jail.

Aurandt, DOB 10/17/70, is charged with Possession of Ammunition by a Convicted Felon and two counts of Possession of a Controlled Substance without a Prescription. She is currently being held on $10,500 bond. McCarty, DOB 03/08/90, is charged with Possession of a Controlled Substance without a Prescription, Carrying a Concealed Weapon, Possession of Narcotics Equipment and Possession of Marijuana. He remains in custody on $4,000 bond. The third passenger was released without arrest.
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