After an investigation that started at a UPS Store located on Tamiami Trail in Port Charlotte, a North Port, Florida woman has been charged with Possession of Methamphetamine with Intent to Sell and other related narcotics charges.
Beth Lynn Strong, dob 6/7/1975, of 3750 Aba Lane, Northport, FL was stopped for traffic violations on W Retta Esplanade while driving her Nissan Altima after a brief surveillance by Deputy Cody Forbus and assisting Narcotics Deputies. At that time, she was found to be in possession of Methamphetamine, Schedule IV Controlled Narcotics pills, in which she had no prescriptions for and drug paraphernalia.
Charlotte County Deputies were alerted about a suspicious package at the UPS Store on Tamiami Trail on October 15th. That package was found to contain a substance later positively identified as Methamphetamine. The package was to be shipped to an address in Key West by a woman later identified as Strong. The package was seized by Charlotte County Deputies prior to being shipped.
A surveillance of Strong was conducted by members of the Sheriff Office, to include Deputy Forbus and his certified narcotics sniffing K-9, Lady Bird. After a traffic stop was conducted, Lady Bird conducted an “open air” sniff of the vehicle Strong was driving. Lady Bird indicated the presence of narcotics in that vehicle. The vehicle was searched and the above noted items were found.
Strong was subsequently transported to the Charlotte County Jail and held pending a court appearance.
Sheriff Bill Prummell stated, “we will continue to take a strong stance against illegal drug use and the people who try sell them. My Office will continue to offer assistance to those who wish to be drug free” The Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office can be contacted at 941-639-2101.