An overdose at a Florida home sparked a narcotics investigation that reached its conclusion on May 20 when deputies from the Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office returned to the residence to execute a search warrant. During the search of the Port Charlotte home, deputies claim to have discovered about 9 grams of fentanyl and heroin. Two men were taken into custody in connection with the drugs. A 39-year-old man has been charged with drug possession and possession of drug paraphernalia. He is being detained at the Charlotte County Jail. A 41-year-old man who told deputies that all of the seized drugs belonged to him faces similar charges. He was released from custody after posting a bond in the amount of $11,000.
The overdose that sparked the investigation occurred in February. During the next two months, investigators received reports of suspicious activity and gathered evidence that allegedly revealed the property was being used to distribute illegal drugs. This evidence was strong enough to convince a judge to issue a warrant to search the property on May 11.
In addition to heroin and fentanyl, deputies searching the Laverne Street residence allegedly discovered drug paraphernalia and items commonly associated with the packaging and sale of drugs. These items included numerous small plastic bags and two digital scales. Deputies also seized $830 in U.S. currency. The operation was organized by the CCSO’s Narcotics Unit.
When judges authorize police searches, they often specify what police are permitted to search for and where they may look. This is why experienced criminal defense attorneys may study search warrants and search warrant applications carefully. When the facts suggest that police went beyond the scope of the search warrant or received permission to search based on questionable evidence, attorneys may seek to have the items seized excluded and drug violations dismissed.