Police: Three arrested on drug charges after traffic stop


Published: Friday, October 4, 2013 at 1:55 p.m.
Last Modified: Friday, October 4, 2013 at 1:55 p.m.

Three Gainesville residents were arrested Thursday night on drug charges after police conducting a traffic stop near the Candle Light Mobile Home park said they found the trio in possession of marijuana and almost 40 pills of hydrocodone.

Amanda M. Edge, 25, of 4210 SW 20th Lane, Apt. E, was driving a silver Saturn at around 10:15 p.m. when a Gainesville Police Department officer reported seeing the car travel through the mobile home park, located at 1600 NE 12th Ave., at a high speed. The officer pulled the car over in the 1100 block of Waldo Road and reported smelling burnt marijuana as he approached the car.

Edge told the officer her license had been suspended and then consented to a search of the car, which additional police officers helped conduct. In addition to Edge, Charles A. Brown, 30, of 1636 SE 13th Place; and Jessica A. Barnhart, 24, of 2510 NE Ninth St., Apt. 704, were passengers in the car.

A cigarette pack found in Brown's pants pocket contained 39 hydrocodone pills, police said. Police found a glass pipe on Barnhart, and she later produced from her pants two plastic baggies containing about 2 grams of marijuana, police reported.

After the trio were arrested, Edge told police she was driving Barnhart to meet Brown to buy pot and hydrocodone.

Edge was charged with driving with a suspended license and trafficking in hydrocodone. Brown also was charged with trafficking in hydrocodone, and Barnhart with possession of less than 20 grams of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia and concealing evidence.

All three were booked into the Alachua County jail, where they remained Friday — Brown in lieu of $50,000 bond, Edge in lieu of $55,000 bond and Barnhart in lieu of $5,500 bond.

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