CHARLOTTE COUNTY, Fla. - Charlotte County Sheriff's Narcotics Unit detectives served a search warrant at 6:45 a.m. today and arrested three cocaine dealers in a home near Kingway Elementary School, Port Charlotte. Cocaine was also sold near an Assisted Living Facility.
After three previous undercover purchases of powdered Cocaine on Sep. 7, 11 and 14, detectives obtained the search warrant and raided the home at 23276 Altman Ave. Inside the home were three male adults, two female adults, a 7 year old girl, and a 15 month old girl. Arrested were Steven Christopher Johnston, 30; Garry Martin Decker, 29; and his 31 year old wife Marissa Leigh Decker. The others were not charged.
A search of the home found an unlocked safe containing 2 grams of Cocaine in plastic baggies and Cocaine residue in 17 others baggies, 94 unused plastic baggies, cut plastic straws with residue, a bowl and a baggie of marijuana.
Detectives charged Johnston with three counts of Possession of Cocaine, three counts of Possession of Drug Paraphernalia; Sale and Delivery of Cocaine within 1,000 feet of a School; and Sale and Deliver of Cocaine within 1,000 feet of an Assisted Living Facility (Sep. 7/near Sandhill Gardens Retirement Center). Garry Decker was charged with three counts Sale and Delivery of Cocaine within 1,000 feet of a School, two counts Possession of Cocaine, two counts of Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, and one count of Sale and Deliver of Cocaine within 1,000 feet of an Assisted Living Facility (Sep. 7 near Sandhill Gardens Retirement Center). Marissa Decker was charged with Sale and Delivery of Cocaine within 1,000 feet of a School. All three were transported to the Charlotte County Jail where they are being booked at this time.
If anyone has information about illegal drug activity, please call the CCSO Narcotics Unit at 941-575-2157, or Crime Stoppers at 800-780-TIPS (8477).