CHARLOTTE COUNTY, Fla. - What police describe as a heroin and crack house was the site of six arrests Thursday, May 20. Five women and one man are now facing drug trafficking charges in connection with the bust.
The suspects -- each charged with illegal trafficking in cocaine, illegal trafficking in heroin and possession of drug paraphernalia -- have been identified as follows:
-- Deborah Lynn Hull, age 57, of 23048 Jumper Avenue in Port Charlotte. This is her 19th booking; she has 21 records.
-- Katrina Montez Wade, age 37, of 23048 Jumper Avenue in Port Charlotte. This is her 14th booking; she has 8 records.
-- Mariala Morris, age 42, of 23048 Jumper Avenue in Port Charlotte. This is her 3rd booking; she has 20 records.
-- Amber Lynn Armitage, age 27, of 21995 Catherine Avenue in Port Charlotte. This is her 13th booking; she has 18 records.
-- Michelle Marie Ott, age 21, of 21055 Bachmann Boulevard in Port Charlotte. This is her 12th booking; she has 17 records.
-- Joseph Edward Tyler, age 48, of 3380 Maple Terrace in Port Charlotte. This is his 14th booking; he has 28 records.
In addition to the aforementioned charges, Hull was also booked on charges of "ownership of any place for trafficking/sale of a controlled substance" and marijuana possession.
The six suspects are being held at the Charlotte County Jail; they were denied bond due to their extensive criminal histories.
According to the Charlotte County Sheriff's Office, the case unfolded around 2:47 p.m. Thursday when a road patrol deputy responded to a routine call to 23048 Jumper Avenue in Port Charlotte.
Authorities say this is a known drug house and narcotics detectives have served several search warrants at the Jumper Avenue home in the past.
The deputy made contact with the complainant who said she was beaten up and wanted the deputy to escort her into the home to gather her belongings. In her bedroom, Wade opened a shoe box in her closet and left it open and the deputy noticed a large amount of what appeared to be crack cocaine in the box. The Narcotics Unit was contacted and a search warrant obtained. The occupants of the home were detained during the search.
According to the CCSO, detectives found 98.5 grams of crack cocaine and 31.0 grams of heroin along with marijuana and several crack pipes. All six Port Charlotte residents were taken into custody on the aforementioned charges.
Citizens who have information about illegal drug activity are urged to call the CCSO Narcotics Unit at 941-575-2157, or contact Crime Stoppers at 800-780-TIPS (8477).