When deputies arrived at the park at 6:45 p.m., they found a silver colored Charger parked, with its doors wide open and music blaring loudly from the car. The driver, a 17 year old Tavernier boy, walked over and turned the music down when he saw them arrive. As Deputy Vaughn O’Keefe spoke with the driver, he could smell the distinct odor of marijuana coming from the car. Deputy Pedro Garcia was also present. He glanced in the window and saw a green leafy substance on the floor boards.
A brown colored purse was located on the back seat. The driver told deputies it belonged to his friend, 19 year old Aaron Marietta of Islamorada. He said he didn’t know Marietta had placed the bag in the car, but he’d seen Marietta with it in the past. He said Marietta uses the purse to carry marijuana. He said Marietta has been selling marijuana for several weeks, admitting that he has purchased some from Marietta in the past.
Marietta was found nearby and admitted the bag belonged to him. Inside the bag, deputies found a total of 83 grams of marijuana. They also found plastic bags used to package the illegal substance, rolling papers and a grinder. Marietta was arrested. He was charged with possession of a felony amount of marijuana within 1000 feet of a park and possession of drug paraphernalia and he was booked into jail.
A package of cigarettes was found in the 17 year old’s pocket. He was issued a Juvenile citation for being a minor in possession of tobacco. He was turned over to the custody of his father.