LCSO: Man sold pot, pills out of his motel room

Posted at 10:35 PM, Jan 15, 2016
and last updated 2016-01-15 22:51:09-05

NORTH FORT MYERS, FLA. - A Cape Coral man was arrested and charged with possession and trafficking of pot and pills, as well as renting a structure to knowingly sell drugs after Lee County Sheriff's Deputies found the drugs in his motel room.

Deputies found more than 320 MDMA and molly pills and more than half a pound of pot in 22-year-old Brett Hobaugh's room.

He was staying at the Travelodge on Cleveland Avenue in North Fort Myers.

"I won't be getting much sleep," Anita, a motel guest, said.

She wanted to hide her identity, but said she was in her room when something caught her eye outside.

"The flashing lights coming in the window," she said.

That's when she said she saw a group of kids being lined up by deputies in a room above hers.

The LCSO report said some of the drugs were in plain sight while others were hidden inside sunglass cases and empty flashlights.

Brandon Short of White Sands Drug Treatment Center said use of molly and MDMA is on the rise, and they have a euphoric effect that comes with high risk.

"It's very addictive and people tend to want to do more and more and more, which lowers your inhibitions," he said.

Short added that with molly, you never really know what you're getting.

"Sometimes heroin, it's cut with crystal methamphetamines, it's cut with other filler drugs," he said.

Using the drug can lead to seizures, heart issues and even death.

In Hobaugh's case, the report said someone staying at the Travelodge tipped off deputies about what was going on inside his room.

Deputies said Hobaugh tried to run away before he was detained.

A manager at the Travelodge said they do their bes tto make sure people who stay there are responsible adults, and that situations like this are uncommon.

Anita said for the remainder of her stay there, she'll be on guard.

"Just keep looking out the window... and bolting the doors," she said.

Hobaugh was arrested last year for possession of meth, cocaine, and marijuana.

He's expected to appear in court for the most recent arrest on Feburary 15th.