Convicted felon arrested for weapons, drug trafficking charges

Published: January 26, 2022 12:45 PM EST
Updated: January 26, 2022 12:48 PM EST
Giovanni Francois (CREDIT: Collier County Sheriff's Office)

A 22-year-old man was arrested by Collier County deputies on Tuesday night for allegedly trafficking drugs and weapons charges.

The Collier County Sheriff’s Office said Giovanni Francois is a convicted felon who was traveling with enough fentanyl to kill more than 4,000 people.

Francois faces charges of fentanyl trafficking, cocaine trafficking, possession of a weapon by a gang-related felon, possession of a controlled substance-amphetamine, possession of marijuana and possession of narcotic equipment, according to the Collier County Sheriff’s Office.

Francois was stopped by a deputy for traveling above the speed limit in the area of Naples Manor in East Naples.

Prior to stopping the car, deputies said, they saw Francois toss a bag and a box onto the road.

He was finally stopped at the intersection of St. Andrews Blvd. and Hidden Valley Dr.

During a search deputies found:

  • A 9mm handgun. The firearm was fully loaded with seven rounds of ammunition and one round in the chamber.
  • Multiple empty bags and packages, and labels consistent with narcotics packaging.
  • 8.4 grams of fentanyl
  • 45.7 grams of crack cocaine
  • 9 grams of amphetamine
  • 0.2 grams of powder cocaine
  • 18.5 grams of marijuana