Authorities in Treasure Coast, Florida, recently arrested two men from Tennessee on charges related to drugs and weapons. The two men are 36 and 20 years old. Each now faces felony charges for the alleged sale of cocaine and heroin. Each remained in a Florida jail as of last Friday with bond amounts set at $160,000 for the 36-year-old man and $100,000 for the 20-year-old man.
It is unclear how long the two men had allegedly been operating in Florida. They came to the attention of law enforcement there because of a tip-off from an informant who reportedly helped to arrange a purchase between the two men and authorities working undercover.
The men reportedly agreed to meet the undercover authorities in the parking lot of a Holiday Inn Express. Law enforcement allegedly found the two men and the informant in a four-door black sedan in the parking lot. A search of the sedan commenced after the informant identified the two men for authorities. In addition to a reported 31 grams of heroin and 0.81 pounds of cocaine, authorities claim to have found a loaded semi-automatic weapon upon their search of the vehicle. This resulted in an additional charge of possession of a firearm by a felon for the 36-year-old man, who also faces a charge of illegal use of two-way communication. The arrests occurred last Thursday afternoon.
The specific penalties that each man faces if convicted are not entirely clear, but both are relatively young and the consequences of the arrests that took place last week could follow them for many years to come. Those facing similar prospects of conviction on drug charges may find it helpful to consult a defense attorney.