PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla.- Charlotte County Sheriff’s Narcotics detectives arrested a mother for trafficking in Methamphetamine Monday morning after a daughter flags down a deputy to report the drug use and child abuse of her one-year old sister.
The deputy was flagged down at 2:30 a.m. by the older daughter living at 398 Center Ave., Port Charlotte, and said her mother was smoking methamphetamine and her baby sister was crying in her crib. The daughter advised she was concerned for the safety and welfare of her baby sister as there was no electricity or running water in the home.
The daughter allowed the deputy into her home and he observed several pieces of aluminum foil with suspected methamphetamine, a plastic baggie with crystal meth, a digital scale and another baggie with meth. The medicine cabinet was open and an orange container had large pieces of suspected crystal meth; all items were in plain view. Deputies called Narcotics Unit detectives to respond.
Jennifer Swanson Tyree, 39, was located in the master bedroom with Randy Lamar Williams, 34, of 12292 Oscar Drive, (Tropical Gulf Acres) Punta Gorda. A glass pipe and a miniature butane torch were seen by the pipe on a very low table making them accessible to the baby. Deputies also said Williams was on the bed counting $130 in cash. Later they found a piece of crystal methamphetamine in the couch where he was sitting. Also, on the bed was a black case with a digital scale, several plastic baggies with meth residue. While the deputy was checking the residence, the baby walked towards him wearing a diaper.
A third daughter told deputies her mother’s drug use is out of control, she does not take care of the baby, and puts her drug use first before her responsibilities of caring for her baby sister. She also advised the baby would walk around in dirty diapers for almost a day because her mother was too busy doing drugs. She said she was glad the Sheriff’s Office was there to help.
Narcotics detectives said all of the methamphetamine located in the home weighted 80.4 grams; they also seized the various drug equipment and money found in the home. Detectives notified the Department of Children & Families and they released the baby to the custody of a family member.
Tyree and Williams were transported to the Charlotte County Jail. Both were charged with Child Abuse, Possession of Methamphetamine and Possession of Narcotics Paraphernalia. Tyree was additionally charged with Trafficking in Methamphetamine. Both are being held on no bond due to the severity of the crime involving the child. Williams has been booked into the County Jail 16 times; the third for Tyree.
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).