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Updated: 03/24/2014 01:18:00PM

Traffic stop leads to drug arrests

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PUNTA GORDA — Deputies arrested a Hendry County woman and a Lee County man on several drug-related charges early Sunday morning after their vehicle was stopped for erratic driving. It started when deputies noticed a gray Dodge driving on Bermont Road at about 12:30 a.m. Sunday. The vehicle was described as leaving the roadway several times and unable to maintain its own lane. When they stopped the car, they noticed the odor of alcoholic beverage coming from the driver, Kelsea Ann Noe, 18, of LaBelle. They also noticed that the rear-seat passenger, Travis James Sanders, 20, of Alva, appeared to be trying to hide a plastic baggie between the seats. Deputies asked both Noe and Sanders to get out of the car. One deputy began a DUI investigation at the scene with Noe and found that she was unable to successfully complete the field sobriety tests. She was placed under arrest for driving under the influence and transported to the Charlotte County jail.

Other deputies spoke with Sanders, and during their investigation found the baggie he had been seen trying to conceal and a pill bottle. The substance in the baggie tested positive for marijuana. Inside the pill bottle were several small baggies that contained a white substance that tested positive for cocaine. They also found several pills that were identified as alprazolam. During the inventory of the vehicle and a search of Noe’s purse, deputies found a Xanax pill, two plastic baggies with cocaine residue, and a baggie with a small amount of marijuana. Noe was charged DUI, possession of less than 20 grams of marijuana, possession of cocaine, possession of Xanax without a prescription and possession of drug paraphernalia. Following her first appearance hearing, she was given a supervised release. As a result of the investigation, Sanders was charged with possession of cocaine with the intent to sell, possession of alprazolam without a prescription, possession of less than 20 grams of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia. He was released on a $17,000 bond.

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