CHARLOTTE COUNTY -Deputies arrested two Charlotte County men Wednesday on a variety of charges, including possessing cocaine, in separate incidents in the Englewood area.
Shortly after noon, deputies stopped Thomas Dwayne Baggott, 57, of 711 Bertrend Street in Englewood, after he failed to stop at the red traffic light at McCall Road and Placida Road. While deputies were speaking with Baggott, they noted that he appeared very nervous with his hands shaking visibly.
Baggott declined permission for the deputies to search his vehicle, but a K9 officer who was on the scene walked his dog around the car for a 'free air' sniff. The dog alerted on the vehicle, indicating the presence of narcotics.
During a search of the vehicle, deputies located several pieces of crack cocaine, along with burned Brillo pads and glass pipes. Baggott was charged with Possession of Crack Cocaine and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.
He is being held without bond at the Charlotte County Jail. Baggott was also issued a traffic warning for running the red light.
At about 6 p.m., members of the Street Crimes Unit saw a black Lexus with what appeared to be too dark of a tint on the windows traveling on Placida Road. The driver, Nicholas Steven Campbell, 24, of 4164 River Bank Way in Port Charlotte, told deputies he had just purchased the vehicle.
He was unable to produce a registration for the vehicle and was driving with a 'transporter' tag. When the deputies checked the window tint, it was indeed darker than allowed by law.
When deputies asked Campbell if they could search his vehicle, he appeared nervous and his hands were shaking. Campbell declined permission for the search and tried to get back into the vehicle and roll up the window and lock the doors.
He refused the deputies' orders to exit the car and physically resisted their attempts to get him out of the vehicle.
Campbell was placed under arrest and searched. Deputies found a clear pipe with a piece of burned Brillo pad in his pocket. They also found pieces of crack cocaine inside a piece of paper in his wallet.
Campbell was charged with Possession of Crack Cocaine, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Resisting an Officer, No Motor Vehicle Registration and Failure to Carry Motor Vehicle Insurance.
He was released from jail on a $12,000 bond. Campbell was given a traffic warning for the illegal tint on the windows.
Article by: www.nbc-2.com