An investigation into a suspicious person in a gas station parking lot led to the arrest of a suspect on multiple drug charges early this morning. Jackyoln Simpkins (9/3/83) of Fort Myers was arrested in the parking lot of the Marathon Gas Station on Jones Loop Road in Punta Gorda after a search of her vehicle led to the discovery of Fentanyl, Cocaine, Meth, and other drugs.
Deputies with the Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office responded to the Marathon Gas Station to investigate a reported suspicious female (later identified as Simpkins) occupying a Ford pickup truck parked on the side of the business. During the deputy’s contact with Simpkins he noted that she was behaving as though under the influence of a narcotic, and asked whether she had any illegal drugs inside the truck. She told the deputy she did not have anything and also denied consent to search the vehicle. A certified drug-detector canine was used to do a free-air sniff around the vehicle and the canine handler advised that the canine did positively alert to the presence of illegal drugs.
The deputy began a search of the vehicle, immediately locating two clear plastic containers; one containing suspected crack cocaine and the other containing a white powder. Several credit cards not in Simpkins or the registered owner’s name were also observed. During the initial search, Simpkins made a comment about the drugs containing Fentanyl. Due to the danger of this substance, the deputy stopped his search and called for members of the Narcotics Unit to respond.
A search warrant was obtained for the vehicle by detectives with the Narcotics Unit. The following drugs were located inside the vehicle packages in a manner for sale: 104.7 grams of Fentanyl, 82.3 grams of cocaine in crack and powder form, 60.5 grams of Methamphetamine, 12.8 grams of Hydromorphone tablets, and 18.6 grams of MDMA.
Additionally located in the vehicle were numerous pills: Oxycodone (45), Alprazolam (1), Diazepam (2), Morphine Sulfate (2), Hydrocodone (1), Suboxone (2 strips), Buprenorphine Hydrochloride (1), Ecstasy (7), Viagra (8), Sildenafil Citrate (6), Azithromycin Dihydrate (5), Losine (3), Zofran (4), Mirtazapine (23), Sulfamethoxazole Trimethoprim (7), Gabapentin (1). All of these medications require a prescription and Simpkins was not able to show or produce one for any of the pills.
A .40 caliber handgun was also seized during the search.
Jackyoln Simpkins was arrested and transported to the Charlotte County Jail on the following charges:
- Phenethylamines – Trafficking More Than 10 grams
- Trafficking in Fentanyl 4 Grams or more
- Cocaine – Trafficking More Than 28 Gram Less Than 150 kg
- Amphetamine – Trafficking More Than 14 Grams
- Opium or Derivative Schedule I or II – Possess with Intent to Sell (2 counts)
- Opium or Derivative – Trafficking More 4 Grams Less 30 kg
- Cocaine – Possess with Intent to Sell
- Methamphetamine – Possess with Intent to Sell
- Synthetic Narcotic Schedule I or II – Possess with Intent to Sell
- Possess Controlled Substance without a Prescription (9 counts)
- Possess Harmful New Legend Drug without Prescription (7 counts)
- Possession of Firearm or Weapon by Florida Convicted Felon
- Violation of probation or community control