A Town of Longboat Key police officer reportedly watched three suspects drink beers, and one snort cocaine from his hand.
The night ended with arrests at gunpoint for three Sarasota men overstaying their welcome while partying at Overland Park, 129 Gulf of Mexico Drive, on Longboat Key.
A Town of Longboat Key police officer reportedly watched three suspects drink beers, and one snort cocaine from his hand, while checking out possible trespassers in the park two-and-a-half hours after closing time at 1:39 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 24.
Bryan Lopez, 20; Cesar Briceno, 21; and Carlos Betancourt, 20, were arrested on the fishing dock east of the bridge but not without a bit of drama.
After watching all three suspects drink beer, and Lopez snort a white powdery substance from his hand, the arresting officer approached, flashed a light and announced he was a police officer, according to the police report.
Lopez dropped the clear plastic baggy containing what later proved to be cocaine in the grass behind the dock, according to the report.
Then, the standoff grew tense.
All three suspects started fidgeting and putting their hands in their pockets, so the officer reported he became concerned for his safety.
“I unholstered my weapon into a low-ready position and advised them to lay on the ground and spread their hands out,” the officer wrote in the report. The suspects complied as the officer called for backup. He holstered his weapon upon the arrival of backup.
All three suspects were charged with trespassing and possession of alcohol in the park. Lopez was also charged with possession of a half-gram of cocaine.
Betancourt told police the 2016 Toyota in front of the park, which triggered the officer’s investigation, was his. Police reportedly observed a baggy of marijuana weighing about 4 grams on the back seat.
All three suspects said they had no idea who owned the marijuana. No one was charged with possession of marijuana. The car was towed.
The suspects were taken to Sarasota County jail.
The case is closed, according to the report.
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