EL JOBEAN, Fla.- Charlotte County Sheriff's Narcotics Unit Detectives arrested a man and a woman in El Jobean Thursday following a sale of Oxycodone to undercover officers. During the arrest a man rode up on his bicycle and offers to watch the woman’s children while she went to jail. A detective asked for the man’s ID before turning the two kids over to him. When he pulled out his ID, a plastic baggie fell out with Hydrocodone pills.
First, Narcotics detectives arranged an Oxycodone drug buy with John Daniel Seidel, 27, of 21485 Winlock Avenue in Port Charlotte. Seidel met detectives at a business parking lot at 2350 Harbor Boulevard. He told detectives to drive and meet his supplier in the ABC Restaurant parking lot, 14385 Woodstock Road in El Jobean. Upon arrival, Ashley Cody Crews, 27, of 14399 Woodstock Road, waved at Seidel and the exchange of money for pills was completed. They both were immediately arrested.
During the arrest, James Alfred Cotte, 45, of 14445 Woodstock Road, pulled up on his bicycle and Crews asked him if he would take care of her kids until she bonded out of jail. He agreed, but a detective asked to see his identification before releasing the kids to him. As Cotte pulled out his ID, he accidently pulled out a plastic wrapper containing five Hydrocodone pills in front of the undercover detective. He was arrested and a search found 20 more Hydrocodone pills and six Lyrica capsules in his possession.
Cotte was charged with Trafficking in Hydrocodone, Possession of Lyrica, and Possession of Nartocis Paraphernalia. Crews and Seidel were both charged with Sale and Delivery of Oxycodone, Possession of Oxycodone, and Possession of Narcotics Paraphernalia. All three remain in the Charlotte County Jail. Crews bond was set at $8,500; he is a convicted felon with four bookings. Seidel has been booked four times and his bond is $8,500; Cotte’s bond is $28,500, his fourth booking. 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).