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Florida woman target of drug trafficking investigation

Law enforcement officials in Florida say that a lengthy drug trafficking investigation has drawn to a close. On April 5, a 44-year-old woman was taken into police custody on multiple drug-related charges following a search of her residence in Port Charlotte. According to media sources, this is the sixth time that the Charlotte County Sheriff's Office Narcotics Unit has made a major drug bust in 2018. This particular investigation was a joint effort of the North Port Police Department and the sheriff's office.

The search warrant was executed at the woman's home on Eppinger Drive. Inside the property, investigators discovered documents concerning drug transactions, a large plastic bag containing 21.2 grams of cocaine, a number of smaller baggies, marijuana, loose prescription pills and THC vaping oil. White powder found on top of a mirror in the bedroom reportedly tested positive for cocaine.

Officers also recovered $9,095 in cash from a safe in the home. According to officials, the serial numbers on some of the bills match those on the bills that had been used by an undercover detective to purchase narcotics during the investigation. Charges include trafficking in cocaine and possession of drug paraphernalia as well as multiple counts of possession of a controlled substance. In all, deputies seized 37.6 grams of cocaine, 81.7 grams of edible THC, 258.6 grams of raw marijuana, 6.4 grams of alprazolam, 1.5 grams of lorazepam, 3 grams of MDMA, 19 THC pens and $10,511 in currency from the home.

Drug crimes in Florida could have life-altering consequences upon conviction. Individuals who find themselves targeted in a drug investigation may find it beneficial to meet with an attorney as soon as possible. In some situations, the attorney may be able to identify deficiencies in the prosecution's case, which could lead to a dismissal or reduction of the charges.

Source: FOX 4 Now, "Charlotte County Deputies arrest woman on multiple drug charges", April 6, 2018

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