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 June 27th, 2013  
Traffic stops, "taking out the trash" yield two arrests and drugs seized, according to St. Lucie County Sheriff Mascara
A pair of traffic stops and a cryptic comment about "taking out the trash" led to two drug arrests Wednesday by St. Lucie County Sheriff's investigators and the seizure of drugs, according to St. Lucie County Sheriff Ken J. Mascara.

One of those arrested, Adam Washington, 31, of Port St. Lucie, is a bail bondsman. His business is called "Just in Case Bail."

"We are actively searching for those dealing drugs in our county," Sheriff Mascara said. "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."

The case began with a traffic stop Wednesday morning on Bayshore Boulevard on Washington, who was driving a black Ford Edge. The deputy making the traffic stop could smell marijuana inside the car. Washington said he'd smoked "a joint" before being stopped. Deputies found one pound of marijuana on the back seat floorboard. The marijuana was wrapped in a silver vacuum seal bag.

Deputies charged Washington with marijuana possession with intent to sell, marijuana possession of more than 20 grams and possession of drug paraphernalia. Deputies asked Washington to call someone to come for the car.

Jonathan Thomas, 27, of Port St. Lucie, arrived, and deputies heard Washington tell Thomas to "take out the trash," a possible reference to drugs in Washington's home at 325 N.W. Somerset Circle, Port St. Lucie.

Deputies set up surveillance on the home and saw Thomas enter the home empty-handed and hurriedly emerge a few minutes later carrying a white box and black duffel bag which he put in the trunk of his 2001 Lincoln.

Deputies saw Thomas fail to make a complete stop at the Saint James Boulevard-Selvitz Road intersection and stopped his car. In the ash tray they found two partially smoked marijuana cigarettes. In the trunk, they found the black duffel bag and white box containing 2.5 pounds of marijuana, as well as digital scales and other drug paraphernalia.

Deputies charged Thomas with possessing more than 20 grams of marijuana and possessing drug equipment.

Washington was released from jail after posting $15,750 bond. Thomas was released from jail after posting $8,250 bond.

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