|Published:||Dec 31, 2013 1:37 PM EST|
|Updated:||Dec 31, 2013 3:12 PM EST|
PUNTA GORDA, Fla.- A DeSoto County man, who allegedly stopped his vehicle in the middle of SR-31 and fell asleep, was arrested after deputies located both methadone pills and several baggies of crystal methamphetamine in his pocket.
Derek Matthew Conrad, 40, faces charges of Possession of Methamphetamine with the Intent to Distribute, Possession of Methadone and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.
On Monday, just before 1:00 a.m., deputies were dispatched to the report of a man asleep in a vehicle parked in the middle of SR-31, south of Bermont Road. When they arrived, they found a gray Honda sedan with its brake light on sitting in the middle of the southbound lane.
The driver of the car woke up as soon as the officer spoke to him to check on him. He was checked by emergency medical personnel. According to the deputy, Conrad did not appear to be intoxicated, but was not able to say where he was coming from.
When asked, Conrad consented to a search of his person. During the search, the deputy found a bag in his front pants pocket that contained multiple other clear plastic baggies. One baggy had five small white pills that were found to be methadone. There were also five separate baggies that contained a total of 8.5 grams of a substance that tested positive for crystal methamphetamine.
Conrad was booked into the Charlotte County Jail and later released on a total $17,500 bond.