PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla.- A Charlotte County Sheriff's Street Crimes Unit deputy stopped a vehicle in Port Charlotte for a defective headlight that resulted in arrest of the driver on seven drug charges and two weapon charges. Daniel Leonard Miller, 40, of 1337 Kensington Street, was arrested.
After the traffic stop at 8:50 p.m. Thursday, Miller appeared very nervous, shaking and sweating profusely. He consented for the SCU deputy to search his 1995 red Pontiac. As he got out of the car, a pocket knife fell out of his pocket; backup units arrived to begin the vehicle search. Deputies located a loaded .38 caliber revolver, 9mm ammunition, Methamphetamine, Heroin, Hydromorphone, Oxycodone, marijuana, a digital scale, and a glass pipe with residue. Several of the illegal drugs were found after a deputy noticed the plastic around the gear shift was loose. The deputy picked up the plastic and found a black zippered pouch hidden underneath containing drugs.
Miller was transported to the Charlotte County Jail where he remains on $24,500 bond due to his extensive criminal history and being a convicted felon; this is his 10th booking.
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).