Two charged in illegal narcotics bust in Punta Gorda

Posted at 9:18 AM, Aug 29, 2017
and last updated 2017-08-29 09:18:17-04

PUNTA GORDA, Fla. -- A domestic disturbance Monday morning led Charlotte County detectives to discover an apparent illegal narcotics operation.

Deputies responded to an apartment on Sunnybrook Road in the Harbour Heights neighborhood of Punta Gorda around 9 a.m. after a call about a minor disturbance between a girlfriend and boyfriend.

Arriving Deputies detected the scent of burnt marijuana coming from 29-year-old Roy Larsen and from the interior of their apartment.

Both Larsen and 45-year-old Verna Rossi consented to a search of the apartment and of their vehicle. Located inside the apartment was a green substance that later field tested positive for THC, a white substance that later field tested positive for methamphetamine, two plastic storage bins filled with burnt ends of hand rolled cigarettes that appeared to be “spice” or synthetic marijuana and assorted drug paraphernalia.

Also located was $743.00 in United States currency.

A search of their vehicle, a 1999 Dodge Caravan, revealed a 30-gallon trash bag containing 139 twelve-gram bags of commercial retail foil envelopes bearing the name and logo of “Mr. Nice Guy” Potpourri, commonly known as “spice” and used to smoke to produce intoxication.

This suspected “spice” will be lab tested at a later date to determine the presence of an illegal substance.

As a result of the investigation, Roy Larsen was charged with Possession of Methamphetamine, Possession of Cannabis and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. Rossi was charged with Possession of Methamphetamine and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.

Both were transported to the County Jail.