The Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office arrested three people Monday night after deputies recovered more than 200 grams of an illegal synthetic drug.
Detectives were initially alerted to a blue Ford F-150 with a Nebraska license plate that would be travelling to the Tampa area Monday night to purchase a large amount of MDMA. At approximately 9:00 p.m., patrol deputies located the vehicle and initiated a traffic stop at the intersection of University Parkway and U.S. Highway 301 in Sarasota. The driver, identified as Kaveail Butler, DOB 04/09/94, smelled of marijuana and was driving with a revoked license. Two other occupants of the vehicle were identified as T’Keyah Pace, DOB 06/12/92, and Marquis Rivers, DOB 04/07/85. Deputies conducted a search of the truck and located a bag of marijuana to which Pace and Rivers both claimed ownership. All three were arrested and transported to the Sarasota County Jail. When deputies arrived at the jail, they located a bag with an unknown substance in the backseat of one of the patrol vehicles. A field test initially identified the substance as MDMA and weighed nearly 219 grams. Later, chemists with sheriff’s office Drug Lab determined the substance was a synthetic drug known as Pentylone, commonly sold as MDMA.