(PORT CHARLOTTE) Charlotte County Sheriff’s Narcotics Unit detectives arrested a Murdock Circle Apartment resident for selling marijuana three times next to public housing in Port Charlotte. Arrested was John Henry Barnes, 18, 17830 Murdock Circle, Port Charlotte.

In an effort to reduce narcotic related activity, CCSO Narcotics detectives have been focusing attention on public housing developments in Charlotte County. Detectives met with Barnes in three undercover operations behind Sam’s Club, 17700 Murdock Circle adjacent to the Murdock Circle Apartment complex. The first buy was Feb. 25, then again on Feb. 26. Wednesday, Barnes set up the third drug deal at the same place as before. Once the exchange of money for drugs was completed, Barnes was arrested.

Barnes was transported to the Charlotte County Jail where he remains on $81,000 bond. He was charged with three felony counts of Sale and Delivery of Marijuana within 1,000 feet of Public Housing ($25,000 bond each count); three counts Possession of Marijuana; and three counts of Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.

Anyone with knowledge of illegal drug activity is asked to please call the CCSO Narcotics Unit at 941-575-2157 or Crime Stoppers at 800-780-TIPS (8477).