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Vero Beach Police Arrest Man With 74 Packages of Fentanyl

Vero Beach fentanyl arrest

Help from a Vero Beach Fentanyl Arrest Lawyer

A police officer never knows what to expect when they come up to a traffic incident, and some stops prove to be more serious than others. This was the case when Vero Police pulled up to Janell Smith, age 32 of Fort Pierce Florida who appeared to be passed out in his red Toyota at the stoplight at 16th Street and Old Dixie Highway. It appeared it was a simple DUI arrest, but it turned into a significant Vero Beach fentanyl arrest with a concealed firearm when it was all over. Serious offenses need a serious Vero Beach criminal defense lawyer such as Jeffery Garland of Fort Pierce.

Here’s How This Happened

Janell was slumped in the driver’s seat of his vehicle, and a bystander called it in. Janell was alone and unresponsive when the officers pulled up. The two police officers woke him up, suspecting he was under the influence, but when he got out of the vehicle for a sobriety test, the officers noticed a bulge in his shirt pocket.

The bulge turned out to be a semi-automatic pistol loaded with 21 live rounds, and after running a check, they discovered Janell was a convicted felon. This automatically led to a full-body search where the officers found Fentanyl, 74 individually-wrapped packages of Fentanyl prepared for sale. This Vero Beach Fentanyl arrest ended with Janell being charged with the following offenses:

  1. DUI
  2. Possession of a Firearm by a Convicted Felon
  3. Trafficking, over four grams of Fentanyl – total of 7.7 grams
  4. Carrying a Concealed Firearm

He was booked at the Vero Beach P.D., and he has bonds totaling $51,000.00 holding him at Indian River County Jail. Serious crimes require serious representation in trials and appeals. Get the assistance you need with an excellent Vero Beach criminal defense lawyer who has developed exceptional skills and talent in representing his clients in serious situations. As a skilled trial lawyer, Jeffery Garland has almost 40 years experience in Central Florida courts.

What is Fentanyl?

Fentanyl is a synthetic opioid 50 to 100 times more potent than morphine. On the street, it can be known as Apache, China Girl, China White, Friend, Dance Fever, Goodfella, Jackpot, TNT, Murder 8, Tango and Cash. If you or someone you know has been arrested for a severe drug charge or another severe criminal offense, please contact the Law Office of Jeffrey H. Garland, P.A. at 772.489.2200 for the extra skill needed in your representation.