Traffic Stop Leads to Drug Arrest

NEWS RELEASE 18-036 - FEBRUARY 22, 2018
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The Sarasota County Sheriff's Office arrested a 30-year-old Sarasota man on felony drug charges after deputies recovered narcotics and paraphernalia inside in his vehicle following a traffic stop.

Tactical Unit deputies first initiated the stop on a black Mercedes following a traffic infraction in the intersection at Cattleman Road and Colonial Oaks Boulevard in Sarasota just before 11:30 a.m. on Tuesday. The driver pulled over however, as deputies approached, the vehicle fled westbound reaching speeds of 60 miles per hour. The driver soon crashed into another vehicle stopped at a stop sign in the intersection of Arcadia Avenue and Bahia Vista Street, before again fleeing until deputies contacted the driver along Honore Avenue.

The driver, Ryan Snyder, DOB 10/08/87, was driving on a suspended license and was detained while deputies conducted an inventory search of his vehicle. Deputies discovered methamphetamine, marijuana, several prescription pills, and drug paraphernalia, along with two credit cards and an I.D. belonging to someone else. Through further investigation, deputies learned the vehicle Snyder was driving was reported stolen. 

Snyder is charged with three counts of Criminal Use of Personal Identification Information, two counts of Possession of a Controlled Substance, Fleeing to Elude, Grand Theft Auto, Driving While License Suspended, Possession of Methamphetamine with Intent to Sell, Possession of Marijuana, Possession of Narcotic Equipment. He remains in custody on $14,500 bond.

Snyder is a prolific offender with prior arrests for Burglary, Battery and Grand Theft.