What started out as a seemingly ordinary traffic stop in the Fort Pierce area of Florida turned into a whole lot more for one local woman. On Wednesday, May 13, 2015, officials from the St. Lucie County sheriff’s office arrested a 32 year old woman who was stopped after suspicions that she was dealing drugs.
The police searched the vehicle the woman was driving and uncovered as many as 120 crack rocks in the glove compartment. In addition, they found close to $1,300 in cash in her purse, according to the arrest warrant.
The woman, Nicole Butcher of the 300 block on Smallwood Avenue in Fort Pierce, Florida, was stopped by a sheriff’s deputy at around 11:30 PM. The stop occurred when investigators reported that Butcher had failed to stop for a stop sign on Citrus Avenue.
From there, Butcher allowed deputies to search her vehicle, a rented Chrysler. As a result, they found the drugs, approximately 120 crack cocaine rocks that had been placed carefully in a cigar tube. The device, along with the drugs, were located in the glove compartment.
According to the police’s affidavit, the woman later claimed she didn’t know anything about the drugs. Butcher was subsequently charged with a felony in possession of the crack cocaine with the intent to sell and distribute them. She was taken to the St. Lucie County Jail.
As of the next morning, Nicole Butcher was being held on a bail of $30,000, according to a St. Lucie County Jail official.
If you are arrested on charges of drug possession with the intention of distributing and selling in the area, you will need the services of a skilled Fort Pierce Florida drug attorney. You can find the best possible Saint Lucie Florida drug lawyer at the law offices of Jonathan Jay Kirschner, Esq. and Associates, LLC, a team located in the Fort Pierce area of Florida that is highly knowledgeable in the area.
Cases that involve drugs are extremely serious and are considered to be felonies, which carry severe penalties that include jail and prison time. Drugs such as cocaine and even marijuana are considered controlled substances, and if you are found guilty of “trafficking” such substances in the state of Florida, you may be subject to a minimum mandatory sentence of three years in prison.
If you require representation by an attorney, consider one of the skilled lawyers at Jonathan Jay Kirschner, Esq. and Associates. Contact the firm for an initial consultation so your rights can be protected.