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Police Find Three Pounds Of Methamphetamine In Sarasota County Drug Bust


Drug busts happen for a reason.  The police do not randomly burst into people’s houses in search of illegal drugs.  The law does not allow them to do this.  Pursuant to the Fourth Amendment to the United States Constitution, law enforcement cannot search private property without a warrant.  Therefore, before they have the right to search your house, the police must obtain a warrant.  Therefore, some drug busts result when a resident posts pictures on social media posing with drugs, drug paraphernalia, and ostentatious purchases made with the proceeds of drug sales.  More often, though, police see many different people coming and going from the house at all hours of the night, a pattern different from what you would expect at a house where the residents were hosting a social gathering.  If the police found drugs after a search of your property, and you believe that the search was unjustified, contact a West Palm Beach drug offenses lawyer.

North Port Drug Bust Leads to Two Arrests

In the final weeks of 2022, police in North Port Florida grew suspicious that a house on Bullard Street was the site of drug transactions and drug manufacturing.  They obtained a search warrant to look for drugs in the house.

The residents of the house were John Porter, 37, and Kaila Wieland, 29, both of whom were arrested during the execution of the search warrant on January 9.  Police found three pounds of methamphetamine in the house, as well as equipment used for the manufacture of methamphetamine.  They also found 62 grams of fentanyl and an unspecified number of prescription pills of an unspecified type.  Porter is facing charges for possession of controlled substances, possession of drug equipment, drug trafficking, and manufacture of drugs that could result in death.  Wieland is being charged with those same offenses, in addition to charges for resisting an officer and for violating probation.

Drug trafficking is one of the most serious criminal charges a person can face in Florida.  Prosecutors have the option to impose prison sentences that can go all the way to life in prison or which are so long that they are de facto life sentences even though they are for a finite number of years.  This is only the worst of many possible outcomes after a drug trafficking charge; what happens after your arrest on suspicion of drug trafficking depends on your actions and those of your criminal defense lawyer.

Contact a West Palm Beach Drug Crimes Lawyer Today

Attorney William Wallshein has more than 38 years of experience, including five years as a prosecutor in Palm Beach County.  Contact William Wallshein P.A. in West Palm Beach, Florida to discuss your case.



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