CHARLOTTE COUNTY, Fla.- A North Port man was arrested on multiple drug charges related to two separate incidents that occurred in Charlotte County in May. In the second incident, he is alleged to have fled the scene when deputies attempted to arrest him.
Orlando Andrews, 23, of 1788 Hainesworth Avenue, was booked into the Charlotte County Jail Monday on two counts of Possession of Cocaine with the Intent to Sell, two counts of Possession of Cocaine, Possession of Marijuana with the Intent to Sell, Possession of Marijuana and two counts of Possession of Paraphernalia. He is being held on a total $63,000 bond.
On May 29, members of the Narcotics Unit arranged to purchase crack cocaine from Andrews. Undercover officers paid him $200 for a baggie that contained 1 gram of crack cocaine.
On May 30, undercover detectives again met with Andrews to buy both crack cocaine and marijuana. Andrews was the passenger in a Toyota pick-up truck that backed into a parking space at the Town Center Mall near where the undercover officers were parked. The officers paid him for two plastic baggies that contained the crack cocaine and marijuana and Andrews returned to the truck.
When the detectives gave the signal to ‘take-down’ the vehicle, the truck pulled out and left. The Narcotics detectives did not pursue the vehicle as it sped away from the parking lot. When the truck left the area, another deputy in the area saw it run several red lights, but he discontinued trying to stop the vehicle.
A short time later, North Port Police Department notified the Sheriff’s Office that they were working a single vehicle crash involving the same Toyota truck. NPPD had found the vehicle still running, but nobody was found at the scene.
North Port Police worked the traffic crash, but the Sheriff’s Office had the vehicle towed to the CCSO Impound Yard where it was processed for evidence. CCSO Crime Scene Technicians located fingerprints on the passenger side of the vehicle that were a match to Andrews.
Narcotics detectives requested an arrest warrant for Orlando Andrews for the May 30 incident. That warrant was issued on May 31. Andrews was arrested by Sarasota Police Department on the warrant on June 29 and transferred to Charlotte County on Monday July 1. Once at the Charlotte County Jail, he was booked on the charges from the warrant as well as the charges related to the May 29 incident.
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).