Drug sting nets three suspects in Bradenton Beach
At approximately 10 p.m. Thursday, March 29, Bradenton Beach police
arrested Travis White, 21, Shawn Watkins, 24, and a juvenile all from
Bradenton, for selling cocaine to an undercover officer.
Based on prior
information, the police officer called the suspects
from a pay phone at the Circle K at 100 Gulf Drive
N., and spoke to White. He arranged to purchase $100
worth of "crack" cocaine, which White agreed
arrived at the Circle K approximately 20 minutes later,
backing into a parking spot. The undercover officer
approached the vehicle and spoke to Watkins, who reportedly
produced a clear plastic bag containing several pieces
of cocaine. The officer handed him $100 in premarked
bills, which Watkins handed to the juvenile to count.
In return, the
officer was given 11 pieces of cocaine and the suspect
allegedly still had approximately 15 pieces remaining
in his bag. At this time, the officer signaled to awaiting
officers to move in.
Detective Lenard Diaz attempted to block the vehicle,
but it sped off towards First Street North, where two
police vehicles were already staged.
The police units
were clearly marked and had their emergency lights
on, but instead of yielding the suspects drove around
the first police car. In an attempt to get away, they
lost control and crashed head-on into the second police
vehicle. There was minimal damage to both cars and
no one was hurt.
were taken out of the vehicle at gunpoint, handcuffed
and searched. Watkins had the premarked bills in hand
in addition to more cash in his pocket that was seized
as drug money.
made comments to the undercover officer during the
sale, White told the arresting officer he had no knowledge
of the incident and claimed to have been sleeping until
The bag with
the remaining pieces of cocaine that the undercover
officer reportedly saw in Watkins’ possession
after the sale was not found.
According to Diaz,
all three suspects conspired to and were actively involved
in the delivery and sale of cocaine, and all three
were charged with the sale.