Port Charlotte traffic stop leads to drug arrest
PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. - A Charlotte County deputy stopped a blue Subaru Wednesday night for driving with no headlights leading to a drug trafficking arrest and the seizure of $5445 in cash.
37-year-old Patricia Ann South of Port Charlotte charged with trafficking in hydromorphone, possession of cocaine and possession of drug paraphernalia.
The deputy made the stop at Midway Boulevard and Ellicott Circle just before midnight and noticed that South's driver's license was expired. Because of her prior history with narcotics a K9 unit was called and an exterior sniff showed the possibility of the presence of drugs.
A vehicle search uncovered two large bundles of cash totaling $5,445 and a black pouch containing cocaine residue. Another container held quantities of hydromorpone and oxycodone pills. Detectives also found a man's wallet containing $997. Detectives are still investigating that cash discovery along with ownership of the Subaru.
South is in the Charlotte County Jail held on no bond.