Timothy Sanders, Mary Jo Sanders arrested: 13 firearms, $35,500 cash, almost 10 lbs. of pot found

PORT ST. LUCIE — It supposedly is the home of a hair salon employee who works in Martin County, according to arrest reports.

After a phone tip from the Crime Stoppers hotline, a special police investigation unit on Friday found 13 firearms, $35,500 cash, almost 10 pounds of marijuana and an assortment of cars — including a souped-up street racing car valued at $75,000 — at the residence, according to police reports.

The couple who lived in the house in the 2100 block of Southwest Alminar Street, are out of jail under a bail of $15,700 each. They are Mary Jo Sanders, 46, and her husband, Timothy Sanders, 45, according to arrest affidavits.

They were arrested on charges of possession of marijuana with intent to sell and possession of drug equipment.

When police questioned Mary Jo Sanders on Friday, she was quoted as saying she and her husband are the only people living there and she works in a hair salon in Martin County. Timothy Sanders refused comment.

It was about 6 a.m. Friday that the police special investigation unit converged on the home with a search warrant.

A search of the house turned up bagged marijuana in all three bedrooms along with partially used marijuana cigarettes and rolling papers, according to a police report.

Among the firearms seized, according to the report, were handguns, rifles and a shotgun. They were scattered throughout the residence.

Seized during the police investigation was a 2009 Nissan GT-R that is described as the fastest street legal car available. Also, police seized two Nissan Maxima cars, two Rolex watches and jewelry.

Sabol said what police found is a midlevel drug operation.


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