A Charlotte County man is in custody this afternoon after investigators found illegal drugs inside his home during an investigation into a drive-by shooting of his property.
At approximately 7:00pm on Sunday evening, deputies responded to the 3000 block of Newbury Street in Port Charlotte for an anonymous report of gunshots in the area. Deputies checked the street but were unable to observe a disturbance of any damage. At approximately 10:00pm, deputies checking the area a second time observed damage to the vehicle and home located at 3060 Newbury Street. No one was located at the residence. While on scene beginning their investigation, another resident on the street pointed out the home’s resident driving around the neighborhood. A patrol deputy was able to stop the vehicle and make contact with Jon Partridge (12/16/88).
Partridge was evasive answering questions about his affiliation with the residence. During contact with Partridge, deputies noted a strong odor of marijuana emanating from him. A search warrant for Partridge’s residence was already applied for to retrieve evidence related to the shooting. Based on a conversation with Partridge, and initial observations at the residence, the search warrant was amended to include narcotics.
A search of the residence yielded approximately 17.6 grams of cocaine, 19.7 grams of marijuana, and 21 vials of suspected steroids. $12,750 in US currency was also located in the residence, bundled by rubber bands in mixed denominations.
Jon Partridge was arrested and charged with Cocaine Possession, Marijuana Possession, and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. The suspected steroids will be sent to FDLE for testing. His booking photo is pending at www.ccso.org.
The shooting into the residence is still under investigation by the Major Crimes Unit. Anyone with information on this incident can contact a MCU detective at 941-639-2101. Tips can also be called in to Southwest Florida Crime Stoppers by calling 1-800-780-TIPS. Tips to Crime Stoppers are anonymous and eligible for a cash reward if the information leads to an arrest.
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