On Monday, a Marianna, FL man who members of the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office had been looking for was captured after receiving information on where the suspect was located. The suspect, 29-year-old Robert Lee Garrett, had a felony warrant for Violation of State Probation.
The sheriff’s office had attempted to capture Garrett on previous occasions, but had failed in their attempts to locate him. Acting on the information they received regarding his whereabouts, members of patrol set up in the area, along with K-9 and investigation divisions. Tracking K-9 units from the Apalachee Correctional Institution and Jackson Correctional Institution also participated in the efforts to capture Garrett.
Garrett was said to be a passenger in a specific vehicle, so members of the patrol waited for the vehicle which was supposed to be in the area of Dean and Panhandle Roads. When the vehicle did arrive, deputies attempted to make contact with Garrett, however he fled on foot after exiting the vehicle. Officers pursued the suspect, and took him into custody after a short time.
The passenger area of the vehicle where Garrett had been was searched; officers recovered several pieces of crack cocaine, a small amount of marijuana, and digital scales. Garrett was charged with possession of marijuana (less than 20g), violation of state probation, possession of drug paraphernalia, resisting an officer without violence, and warrant possession of cocaine with intent to sell.
Although the article did not say how much cocaine Garrett had in his possession, possession with intent to sell is an extremely serious charge. In Florida, the criminal penalties depend on whether the defendant is charged with a first-, second-, or third-degree felony. A second-degree felony conviction may result in 15 years in prison, while a third-degree felony conviction will result in a maximum of 30 years in prison.
Cocaine is a Schedule 2 illegal drug. In the state of Michigan, anyone who is found guilty of possession of cocaine with intent to sell or deliver will face extremely harsh penalties; how harsh those penalties are depend on the amount of cocaine involved, criminal history, whether the offense took place within close proximity of a school, park, or church, and other factors. Possession of less than 50 grams is a felony offense that could land the accused in prison for up to 20 years.
If you are under investigation or have been charged with possession of cocaine, heroin, meth, or any illegal drug, it is imperative that you seek legal counsel immediately. Your future, freedom, and reputation are at risk. Contact a skilled and aggressive Michigan drug crime attorney right away, so that work can begin to protect your legal rights and freedom.