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Updated: 01/31/2014 03:12:01PM

Two charged with possessing synthetic drugs

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PORT CHARLOTTE — Street Crimes deputies arrested two women Thursday after they found more than seven pounds of synthetic drugs in their car during a traffic stop. At about 6:30 p.m., deputies saw a pink Nissan with a modified exhaust system traveling on Gladis Avenue near Aaron Street in Port Charlotte. The vehicle also appeared to have improper window tinting on the windshield. When deputies pulled the vehicle over, the driver, Alexandria Leigh Barnosky, 17, of Gary Street in Punta Gorda, was reported to be “shaking heavily” while she looked for her driver’s license and registration. The passenger, Cassidy Ann Ketchum, 25, of the 1700 block of Hayworth Road in Port Charlotte, also appeared nervous and shaking.

During the resulting investigation, deputies located a duffle bag in the vehicle that contained a trash bag filled with an estimated 7.15 pounds of synthetic drugs, which tested positive as being cannabinoids. They also found a pill identified as clonazepam inside Ketchum’s purse. Ketchum was charged with possession of cannabinoids, possession of clonazepam and possession of paraphernalia. She is currently being held at the Charlotte County Jail on no bond pending her appearance before the court. Barnosky was charged with possession of cannabinoids and possession of paraphernalia. She was also issued a traffic warning for the vehicle infractions. After completing the booking process, she was released to her parents.

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