A Florida Sheriff has had enough of the narcotics trade in his county and says enough is enough after a conviction of a drug dealer.
In February of 2020, detectives with the Lee County Sheriff’s Office Narcotics Unit began an investigation into 31-year-old Joseph Bassett’s narcotic activity.
Detectives purchased narcotics from Bassett, which resulted in a search warrant being executed at his home. At the conclusion of the investigation, detectives seized 131 grams of Fentanyl, 33.6 grams of Cocaine, 12.2 grams of Methamphetamine, $10,035 of US currency, two rifles, and over 400 rounds of ammunition.
Detectives subsequently arrested Bassett and charged him with Trafficking in Fentanyl, Trafficking in Cocaine, Sale of Fentanyl, Sale of Cocaine, Possession of a Controlled Substance, and Possession of Methamphetamine with the Intent to Sell.
“We are coming after thugs who think they can sell drugs in Lee County,” stated Sheriff Carmine Marceno. “This is the wrong county. This case is a perfect example of how my team and our State Attorney’s Office won’t tolerate this behavior.”
On December 8, 2021, Joseph Bassett took a plea deal and will be spending the next 15 years at the Florida Department of Corrections.
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