Published: Jun 06, 2013 2:58 PM EDT
Updated: Jun 06, 2013 2:59 PM EDT

PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla.- Charlotte County Sheriff’s deputies from the Street Crimes Unit stopped a vehicle shortly early this morning for having no tag light and wound up arresting both the driver and passenger on unrelated charges.

Shortly after midnight, deputies stopped a vehicle in the area of Harbor Blvd. and Salem Avenue in Port Charlotte for driving with no tag light. The driver was identified as Myles Ray Cope, 34, of 33631 Oil Well Road. Deputies remembered that detectives had previously issued a “be on the lookout for” Cope in a grand theft case.

Cope consented to have deputies search his vehicle so both Cope and his passenger, Cameron Marie Nott, 30, of 2115 Hanson Street, were asked to exit the vehicle. During the search, Nott’s purse was found on the passenger seat where she had been sitting. She also consented to having deputies look through her purse.

Deputies located a pill canister in Nott’s purse that contained a white pill identified as being Alprazolam that was allegedly not prescribed to her. Nott was arrested on charges of Possession of a Controlled Substance and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.

Cope was arrested on charges of Grand Theft. In early April, a woman who lives in the Washington Loop Road area of Punta Gorda reported seeing two men, one of whom she recognized as Myles Cope, loading her father’s John Deere riding lawn mower into a vehicle and fleeing the area. The complainant called Cope on his personal cell phone and Cope subsequently returned the mower. The victim reported the theft and return of the mower.

Cope was being held at the Charlotte County Jail on $3,500 bond. Nott was released on a $3,500 bond.