Adam Washington, Jonathan Thomas:Bail bondsman, friend arrested after two Fort Pierce traffic stops
11:48 AM, Jun 27, 2013
12:28 PM, Jun 27, 2013
FORT PIERCE, Fla. - St. Lucie County Sheriff's Office investigators say they arrested two people Wednesday and seized drugs after two traffic stops.
One of those who was arrested, 31-year-old Adam Washington of Port St. Lucie, is a bail bondsman. His business is called "Just in Case Bail."
On Wednesday morning along Bayshore Boulevard, Washington was driving a black Ford Edge. A deputy says marijuana was smelled in Washington's car during a traffic stop. According to deputies, Washington said he had smoked "a joint." Deputies say they found one pound of marijuana on the back seat floorboard, wrapped in a silver vacuum seal bag.
Washington was charged with marijuana possession with intent to sell, marijuana possession of more than 20 grams and possession of drug paraphernalia. Deputies then asked Washington to call someone to come pick up his car.
When 27-year-old Jonathan Thomas of Port St. Lucie arrived, deputies heard Washington tell him to "take out the trash." That is a phrase deputies say may have been a reference to drugs in Washington's home in Port St. Lucie.
At that point, deputies set up surveillance on the home. They say they witnessed Thomas enter the home empty-handed and emerge later carrying a white box and black duffel bag to the trunk of his car.
Deputies then say they witnessed Thomas fail to make a complete stop at the intersection of Saint James Boulevard and Selvitz Road. In his ashtray, they say they discovered two partially-smoked marijuana cigarettes. When they opened the black duffel bag and white box sitting in the trunk, they found 2.5 pounds of marijuana and drug equipment.
"We are actively searching for those dealing drugs in our county," Sheriff Ken Mascara stated in a news release. "We will make arrests and seize criminal assets whenever possible. In this case, in addition to drugs and drug paraphernalia, we seized two cars from drug dealers."
Washington was released from jail after posting $15,750 bond. Thomas was released from jail after posting $8,250 bond.