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Fort Myers man sentenced to twenty years for drug trafficking

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Posted at 4:47 PM, Jan 29, 2020
and last updated 2020-01-29 16:47:39-05

FORT MYERS, Fla. — A Fort Myers man was sentenced to 20 years in prison.

Jessie James Peterson Jr was found guilty in December.

The State Attorneys press release says the case started in 2018 when deputies found Peterson with the car running and his window down.

When the deputies approached, Peterson appeared to be sleeping. They tried to wake him by speaking to him.

Deputy Chief Pepitone then opened the car door and again attempted to wake the driver. When he opened the door, he saw a baggie full of drugs on the floorboard by the driver’s feet.

Peterson woke up as the Deputy Chief took him out of the car.

Peterson then started to run.

Deputies caught Peterson. They searched his car and found cocaine, fentanyl, methamphetamine, substituted cathinones (a classification of drugs such as bath salts), oxycodone, and marijuana.

Peterson was sentenced for Driving While License Revoked (Habitual Revocation), Driving Under the Influence, Trafficking in Phenethylamines, Possession of a Controlled Substance with Intent to Sell or Deliver Within 1,000 Feet of a School, Trafficking in Cocaine, Resisting or Obstructing an Officer without Violence, Possession of a Controlled Substance with Intent to Sell or Deliver Within 1,000 Feet of a School, Possession of Marijuana (20 grams or less), Possession of a Controlled Substance.