PUNTA GORDA, Fla.- Charlotte County Sheriff's Narcotics detectives arrested two Punta Gorda marijuana dealers after being caught with 1,580 grams of marijuana and $7,080 in cash. Patrick Charles Deroche, 21, and Megan Marie Shillito, 20, both of 2419 Sunshine Boulevard, were arrested.
Tuesday, CCSO received a call from a State Probation Officer who did a probation search of the Deroche and Shillito home since they are both on State felony probation, and found a large box of marijuana. Narcotics detectives responded and located a box in their bedroom containing the sizable amount of marijuana. They also found a digital scale and a number of smaller plastic bags and containers, some with marijuana residue.
Also located in the bedroom closet was a small safe with $7,000 cash wrapped with rubber bands in $1,000 increments. Detectives seized the cash as drug forfeiture money. A ledger was also found in the safe.
Deroche and Shillito were each charged with Possession of Marijuana over 20 grams (1,580gr), Sale and Delivery of Marijuana, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, and Violation of Probation. Both were on felony State Probation. Deroche, a convicted felon has 17 bookings, Shillito has four bookings. They both remain in the Charlotte County Jail on no 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).