PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla.- Charlotte County Sheriff's detectives arrested 53-year-old James Emerick Jr. on multiple drug charges following an investigation stemming back to December of 2013.
At that time, undercover detectives allegedly purchased 1.3 grams of cocaine on two different occasions from Emerick, and both sales occurred within 1,000 feet of a county park.
As a result, detectives had been looking for Emerick to arrest him. Early yesterday morning, detectives spotted Emerick in the area of Charlie’s Pub. When the deputies told Emerick he was under arrest on the drug-related charges, Emerick allegedly resisted their efforts to take him into custody, refusing to follow instructions, clenching his hands into fists and trying to reach into his pockets.
Emerick was eventually subdued. During a post-arrest search, the deputies located a pill container in Emerick’s pocket. Inside the container, deputies say they located two clear plastic baggies with two pills in one baggie and 43 different pills in the other. Both types of pills were determined to be different dosages of oxycodone.
As a result, deputies also charged Emerick with Trafficking in Oxycodone, Possession of Oxycodone, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia and Resisting an Officer Without Violence. He was booked into the Charlotte County Jail and is being held on a total $97,500 bond.