BRADENTON, Fla. — The owner of a Bradenton addiction recovery program was arrested last week and now faces drug possession charges.

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Sabrina Sweeney, 54, was arrested in the early morning hours of May 9. According to an arrest report from Bradenton Police, Sweeney was sitting in the passenger seat of a black Mercedez-Benz when an officer spotted the car with its lights off on 10th Avenue West.

According to police, two men were seen standing by the car before officers approached. 

The report states that the officer asked Sweeney and the driver if they had any contraband, and Sweeney pulled out a small back of marijuana from her pocket. She stated that she had a medical marijuana card, but did not present it to the officer. 

The officer then searched the car and found three baggies with prescription medication sitting on a blanket in the back seat, the report states. 

Sweeney is the founder and owner of 'Learn to Fish,' a faith-based addiction recovery program for women with children. 

We reached out to Sweeney, and she released this statement:

"While I'm not at liberty to discuss the details of the case, I will say that I am 100% innocent of the charges against me and know in my heart and soul this situation will somehow, ultimately work for the greater good of the sick and suffering in Manatee and Sarasota Counties. More will be revealed!

This continues to be a very difficult and humbling experience. I'm deeply saddened and sorrowful for any shock, shame or embarrassment this has caused my family, friends, coworkers and LTF affiliates. 

I am truly grateful for and remain in awe of the overwhelming outpouring of love, support and prayer I've received from family, friends, coworkers & members of the community."



Sabrina Sweeney. (Courtesy of Manatee County Sheriff's Office)