Jesus Melenez, Mario Bonner: Men found with marijuana, 2 teen girls at Wabasso Causeway

INDIAN RIVER COUNTY — Two men in possession of marijuana along the Wabasso Causeway had two teenage girls with them, the Indian River County Sheriff's Office said.

A deputy on foot said he found the two 13-year-old girls with Mario Bonner, 19, of the 8800 block of 103rd Court, Vero Beach, and Jesus Melenez, 19, of the 8600 block of 105th Avenue, Vero Beach, near a vehicle parked on the north side of the bridge. Bonner tossed a plastic bag of marijuana toward a tree when he saw the deputy approach, according to the affidavits.

Melenez was in the passenger seat of the car with marijuana, the affidavits state. The deputy determined the girls had arrived at the causeway with Bonner and were "associates" of Melenez.

Both men were charged with two counts of contributing to the delinquency of a minor and possession of marijuana under 20 grams. Bonner also was charged with possession of marijuana with intent to sell. The deputy said the plastic bag he threw away contained about 20 smaller bags.

Bonner remained at the Indian River County Jail on Tuesday in lieu of $16,500 bail. Melenez, a Mexican citizen, was being held at the jail on a retainer by the Immigration Customs Enforcement, according to jail records.

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