The Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office has arrested two men following a traffic stop and search of their vehicle which revealed concealed, loaded weapons.
Just after 1:00 a.m., a patrol deputy pulled over a blue Chevrolet four door vehicle for several traffic violations near US 301 and Northgate Boulevard in Sarasota. When the deputy approached the car both occupants were acting nervously and the Sarasota Police Department K9 called to the scene alerted to the smell of marijuana.
A search of the vehicle turned up a small amount of marijuana as well as two firearms in the pocket on the back of the passenger seat. Both were fully loaded with chambered rounds and both were accessible by the driver and passenger. The Ruger 9mm contained 18 rounds, four of which were hollow point bullets. The 9mm Smith and Wesson also contained 18 rounds and came back stolen out of Palmetto.
James Wiggs, DOB 12/19/63, 1282 42nd Street, Sarasota, who has 15 prior felony convictions and is currently on inmate release status for the sale, manufacture and delivery of cocaine, is charged with Possession of a Firearm by a Convicted Felon, Possession of Ammunition by a Convicted Felon, and Possession of a Concealed Weapon.
Talvick Morton, DOB 10/3/88, 3107 Noble Avenue, Sarasota, who is on felony probation for grand theft, is charged with Possession of a Concealed Weapon and Violation of Probation.