PUNTA GORDA, Fla.- A Charlotte County Sheriff's deputy saw a woman driver speeding in an East Elementary school zone at 8:36 a.m. Monday and made a traffic stop that led to multiple drug charges.
Radar showed Denise Loveada Spear, 33, of 1611 Shilo Street in Port Charlotte, was traveling 32 mph in a 15 mph posted flashing school zone limit. Spear said she was dropping off her child at the school; the child got out and then walked to the nearby school.
Spear’s driver’s license has been suspended over year as a felony habitual offender. The deputy observed her purse in the car and could see in plain view, the end of a syringe. Consent to search her purse was given and located two empty syringes, Crack Cocaine, Oxycodone, Morphine, and Cocaine. In the jail intake area, deputies found a U.S. one dollar bill that contained a white powdery substance that tested positive for Cocaine.
Spear was charged with Possession of Crack Cocaine, Possession of Cocaine, Possession of Morphine, Possession of Oxycodone and Possession of Narcotics Paraphernalia, Driving as a Habitual Traffic Offender, and Introduction of Contraband into a Correctional Facility. She remains in jail on $16,000 bond.
Anyone with knowledge of illegal drug activity is asked to please call the CCSO Narcotics Unit at 941-575-2157, or Crime Stoppers at 800-780-TIPS (8477).