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Illegal parking leads to felony arrest

By Staff | Jun 11, 2021

Manuel Santana

A patrol stop on an illegally parked vehicle resulted a felony arrest on drug and auto theft charges Thursday.

A Cape Coral Police Department patrol officer and his trainee spotted a vehicle parked illegally in a vacant lot near the intersection of Diplomat Parkway and N.E. 25th Avenue at around 4 a.m., according to a release issued by the CCPD.

“Contact was made with two occupants, with the passenger appearing unresponsive,” the release states. “Upon waking the passenger moved, and in plain sight in his lap was tin foil containing a black tar-like substance and a syringe.”

The passenger, identified a Manuel Santana Jr, 42, was asked to exit the vehicle.

“Both occupants were detained, and the subsequent search of the vehicle located a baggie of methamphetamine (positive in field test) between the center console and Santana’s seat, as well as two scales. The black tar substance field tested positive as heroin. It was also discovered Santana had an active warrant for grand theft auto,” police said.

Based on the investigation the driver was released from the scene.

Santana was charged with possession of a controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia and grand theft auto. He was transported to the Lee County Jail where he remained in custody as of Friday morning.

Source: CCPD