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‘Suspicious package’ results in drug charges

By Staff | Jan 24, 2019

A Cape Coral man faces multiple drug charges after an investigation into a suspicious mailing revealed the package contained drugs.

Printiss Lavon Garlin, 43, was charged with trafficking in MDMA and smuggling illegal narcotics into the state, according to a release issued by the Lee County Sheriff’s office on Thursday.

“Garlin was additionally charged with being a felon in Possession of Firearms,” the release states. adding that $6,715 of U.S. currency was seized for forfeiture.

On Wednesday, the Lee County Sheriff’s Office Highway Interdiction Team, along with agents from the Department of Homeland Security and the Cape Coral Police Department, concluded a joint narcotics investigation involving Garlin.

“A suspicious package, destined for a residence in Cape Coral, was intercepted coming from a foreign country,” the release states. “Agents quickly discovered the package contained more than 500 grams (1,000 tablets) of the highly dangerous drug MDMA, commonly known as Ecstasy.”

Detectives obtained a search warrant for Garlin’s residence at 1706 N.E. 2nd Street,.

The subsequent search then revealed additional narcotics, including 16 grams of Fentanyl, two firearms, drug paraphernalia, and the cash police believe to be proceeds from illegal drug sales, officials said adding Garlin is a convicted felon in Lee County, with “almost 40” prior arrests.

“This is yet another great example of the Lee County Sheriff’s Office along with partner agencies combating illegal, dangerous drugs” stated Sheriff Carmine Marceno in the release. “If you push poison on our streets I have a room for you at the Lee County Jail.”

Source: Lee County Sheriff’s Office