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