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Seatbelt violation leads to drug, child neglect arrests

Posted at 9:53 AM, May 11, 2022
and last updated 2022-05-11 09:53:20-04

PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. — Two adults face charges of drug possession and child neglect after a traffic stop in Charlotte County.

Deputies say the stop happened on northbound Tamiami Trl. in Port Charlotte when they observed a man driving without a seatbelt.

The driver, Michael Roebuck, was stopped and issued a warning. However, during the stop, the deputy asked Roebuck and passenger Lauren Samocki if there was anything illegal in their vehicle.

A K-9 "alerted," or indicated the possible presence, of drugs, and a search was performed. The deputy found meth, cocaine and fentanyl in various locations within the vehicle, including a box containing meth at the feet of a one-year-old child in the back seat.

The pair were placed under arrest, and the child placed in protective custody. Samocki was found to be on active felony probation from out-of-county.

Samocki and Roebuck are currently held at the Charlotte County Jail without bond.