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Drug arrests: Investigators discover cocaine, fentanyl at Lehigh Acres home

Lee County Sheriff’s Office arrested two suspected drug dealers on several drug charges after investigators found several illegal drugs at a home in Lehigh Acres Thursday.

According to the LCSO Facebook post, U.S. Marshals Regional Fugitive Task Force originally served a warrant on Joe Christopher Simmons, 26, a known drug dealer, at a home in the 2500 block of 43rd Street SW because he was wanted for assault on a pregnant woman.

At the home, detectives saw drugs in plain sight, where they also found Leonard Greg Pitters, 26, who is also a known drug dealer.

Simmons, 26, and Pitters, 26. Credit: Lee County Sheriff’s Office.

LCSO narcotics investigators got a warrant to then search the home for drugs and found 345 grams of cocaine, 225.6 grams of fentanyl, 7.4 grams of MDMA, several boxes of ammunition and extended magazines, and one large kilo press with boxes. All drugs and paraphernalia were taken by law enforcement.

“I’m thankful it’s off the street because. For someone that has a friend that’s addicted, it’s less for them to have access to,” Kalee Scowden said.

Scowden lost a loved one to a fentanyl overdose, so these arrests hit close to home for her.

“He now has a 19-year-old daughter who has no father,” Scowden said. “You know, and she has two kids who are not going to meet their grandfather. So it’s a sad thing. It’s a good thing that it’s off the street.”

Parents told us busts like this are why they’re constantly talking with their own kids.

“Always been worried because, even on the bus, they told me the kind of weird things they see,” Ana Torres said.

Those we spoke to are thankful for the work done by law enforcement to keep their neighborhoods and their kids a little safer.

“I know we can count on them if anything happens around here,” Torres said.

Both Simmons and Pitters were arrested and face charges for several felonies, including trafficking fentanyl, trafficking cocaine and possession of paraphernalia.

Both Simmons and Pitters are in custody at Lee County Jail without set bond.

Reporter:Justin Kase
Writer:Jack Lowenstein
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