INDIAN RIVER COUNTY — A 59-year-old woman has been jailed after deputies found more than 70 grams of methamphetamine hidden in her purse during a traffic stop Tuesday, officials said.
Bridges Avery Grossi, of the 7300 block of 20th Street, Vero Beach, has been charged with trafficking methamphetamine. Grossi was held in Indian River County Jail on Wednesday without bond.
Indian River County sheriff’s deputies spotted a black Mercedes around 12:20 p.m. Tuesday coming from a private parking lot without coming to a complete stop. The Mercedes driver, later identified as Grossi, then drove down the freeway, tried to merge into another lane and nearly hit an assistant patrol car, according to reports.
The patrol deputy performed a traffic stop on the Mercedes in the 400 block of the Old Dixie Freeway. The deputy spoke to Grossi, who kept fumbling through her red Dooney & Bourke purse, according to reports.
Grossi and his passenger got out of the Mercedes so deputies could search the vehicle. Deputies looked inside Grossi’s purse and found a plastic Ziplock bag containing a clear rock-like substance, according to reports.
The substance – weighing 77.7 grams – tested positive for methamphetamine, the deputies said.
Grossi admitted to deputies that the scholarship belonged to him. Grossi said she got the bag of illegal narcotics from a gambling hall earlier, but thought it was a lesser amount, according to reports.
Grossi was arrested and incarcerated in the county jail. Grossi has an arraignment at 8:45 a.m. on September 15, according to court records.