PORT CHARLOTTE – Deputies found nine grams of heroin / fentanyl in a residence in Port Charlotte on Wednesday after issuing a search warrant based on several reports of suspicious activity.
Reports that MPs considered compatible with the narcotics activity began in February after a suspected overdose at the Laverne Street house. Street patrol MPs and rescue workers transported the victim to a local hospital, and the victim survived, according to Claudette Bennett, spokeswoman for the Charlotte County Sheriff's Office.
The Narcotics Department of the Charlotte County Sheriff's Office began actively investigating this residence and received a probable warrant warrant May 11, which was delivered Wednesday during a malfunction at the residence.
Several residents of the house were searched and detained, with MPs finding 3.5 grams of heroin / fentanyl in their 39-year-old pocket -old Dennis Stover. Stover asked to remain silent until he spoke to his lawyer and was arrested.
MPs also confiscated Stover's phone and found text messages indicating that he was selling drugs, as well as another 1.7 gram bag of heroin / fentanyl in his room, according to court records.
During the execution of the search warrant, MPs checked every room in the house for people and found a locked bedroom. The room where MPs found Benner (41) lying on the bed was forced. According to court records, MPs found a box in the room with 1.34 heroin / fentanyl, numerous plastic bags, two digital scales, and $ 860 in cash. They also found an injection syringe loaded with fentanyl and half a gram of fentanyl powder.
Only three milligrams of fentanyl are required to be considered a lethal dose.
Benner told MPs that he had stayed in the house with his fiance for a few days, but all drugs belonged to him.
The deputies also found drugs and money in the tank of a toilet in the residence. "There were several places in the residence where MPs found drugs and utensils," said Bennett.
The MPs found a total of about nine grams of heroin / fentanyl.
Stover was accused of owning a controlled substance without a prescription and possession of drug paraphernalia. She is currently in custody in Charlotte County Prison and is being held without bond. Benner was accused of possessing heroin for the purpose of selling and owning drug paraphernalia, and released from Charlotte County prison on Thursday with a $ 11,000 bail.
Stover was arrested a few weeks earlier on May 9, possessing a controlled substance without a prescription or failure to stop his vehicle by order of a law enforcement officer.
According to Florida law, people who are overdosed will not be exposed to drug accusations in the hope that this is not the case. I am afraid to call 9-1-1 and kill someone save, said Bennett.
"Drugs have a huge impact on crime and we know we can't stay out of the drug crisis," said Bennett.
Since January, 42 overdoses have been recorded in the Charlotte County Sheriff's Office, nine of which were fatal.
Addicts can take their drugs to any district office or call MPs. Through a partnership with Charlotte Behavioral Health Care, MPs will detoxify this person free of charge, without fear of arrest.
Drug activity can be reported to the Charlotte County Sheriff's Office at 941-639-0013 or by placing an anonymous tip on their mobile app.
If you are looking for help with your addiction, you can call Charlotte Behavioral Health at 941-639-8300.