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Charlotte County’s “Operation Poisonous Fruit” Nets 54; Seizes 1000 Grams of Meth, 78 Grams of Fentanyl, Enough To End Lives of 79,000 People

In a video released by the Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office, an undercover detective told audiences We're out here once again serving another search warrant because these drug dealers continue to sell drugs in Charlotte County. Our sheriff has made it very clear to you guys if you deal in Charlotte County, we're coming for you.
In a video released by the Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office, an undercover detective told audiences “We’re out here once again serving another search warrant because these drug dealers continue to sell drugs in Charlotte County. Our sheriff has made it very clear to you guys if you deal in Charlotte County, we’re coming for you.”

CHARLOTTE COUNTY, FL – Over the past six months, the Narcotics Unit has been conducting “Operation Poisonous Fruit”, resulting in the arrest of 54 people on an abundance of drug charges. 11 others are still at large and are actively being sought out by law enforcement. A large percentage of the arrests stemmed from the area of the “fruit streets” located in South Punta Gorda.

During the six-month operation, 54 cases were developed in which these individuals sold and delivered Fentanyl or Methamphetamine. 27 more cases were made involving trafficking of these drugs, which hold at least a three-year minimum/mandatory sentence.  All of these individuals were additionally charged with simple possession, resulting in 81 additional charges.

“Our community is undeniably safer due to the hard work of the Narcotics Unit and all of the other members who assisted throughout Operation Poisonous Fruit. We will continue to put these dealers behind bars until they get the message. We will not tolerate this poison being dealt on our streets,” Sheriff Prummell states.  “For those who are in hiding, we’re coming for you,” Prummell adds.

Approximately 1000 grams of Methamphetamine and 78.7 grams of Fentanyl were taken off the streets during Operation Poisonous Fruit which is enough to end the lives of 79,000 people. 


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The following individuals were arrested:

  • Dustin Badke 01/11/1991
  • Gregory Bores 04/16/1965
  • Nicholas Bores 09/10/1993
  • Jessica Brown 02/05/1990
  • Joshua Browning 01/25/1987
  • John Brugman 11/10/1967
  • David D Butler 02/05/1971
  • Quwan Capers 08/07/1981
  • David Caro 02/18/1988
  • Leonard Dorris 12/05/1980
  • Major Evans 01/17/1976
  • Peggy Ford 07/11/1982
  • Askia Forman 02/12/1987
  • Christopher Gore 09/29/1978
  • Franklin Grove 12/3/1984
  • Anthony Heathcock 05/26/1971
  • William Hughes 04/21/1994
  • Corie Bennett 03/26/1978

Gene Hughes 06/20/1982
Thaddeus Majtyka 08/31/1984
Jacqueline MacLeod 06/02/1962
Taylor Neuman 09/11/1993
Shane Wozniak 06/03/1988
Kristy Farnsworth 03/11/1980
Julie Chambers 10/23/1988
Kimberly Diggins 02/26/1983
Brian Edwards 04/07/1973
Christopher Ridgeway 09/13/1977
Thomas Paige 01/22/1987
Brandy Gibson 08/28/1984
Alicia Descalzo 08/21/1983
Melissa Roesing 06/03/1984
Chelsea Smith 03/31/1993
Eric Conner 10/22/1983
Ryan Gros 05/10/1979
Ryan White 07/05/1980

Walter Long 01/31/1979
Kayla Williams 03/06/1991
Brandon Tufts 06/17/1985
Jennifer Orlick 01/19/1983
Christopher Whitis 10/16/1974
Andrea Burns 04/22/1972
Jason Lamka 01/31/1986
Taylor Costales-Plaja 10/10/1999
Kellie Rudy 05/29/1958
Barbara Ridgeway 09/13/1977
Megan Perkins 07/19/1985
Robert Rhinesmith 12/19/1968
Charles Rife 03/09/1963
Xavier Sanchez 04/16/1996
Amanda Scoles 05/02/1978
Joshua Nowak-Hahlbohm 11/16/1979
Karl Patureau 03/11/1959
Pamela Peak 08/18/1969

According to detectives, 11 suspects remain at large.


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