August 16, 2023 – Charlotte County, FL

Detectives in the Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office Narcotics Unit conducted a months-long operation, resulting in 37 arrests and a myriad of illegal drugs seized.

Every individual arrested during the operation, titled “Heat Stroke”, faces drug-related charges to include trafficking, possession, sale and delivery within 1,000 ft. of a church or school, and more. In total, deputies seized the following:

  • Methamphetamine – 181 grams
  • Fentanyl – 29.88 grams
  • Cocaine – 79.1 grams
  • Marijuana – 61.6 grams
  • Suboxone – 5 strips
  • Hydromorphone – 8 pills
  • Alprazolam – 1 pill

“I am proud of my team for their dedicated efforts to get this stuff off of our streets. While addiction is a disease and I would have preferred these individuals had made efforts to get the treatment they need, we will do what we have to do to keep our community safe. That means we now have more than three dozen new residents at the Charlotte County Jail.”


Sheriff Prummell launched the Drug Addiction Recovery Initiative in 2017, in collaboration with Charlotte Behavioral Health Care, to provide a way out to those who are struggling with addiction. Through this program, individuals can turn in their user-amount of drugs to any deputy, without fear of arrest, and the deputy will transport them to a treatment facility.

Sheriff Prummell also serves as Board Chair of the Drug Free Charlotte County Coalition, working together to eliminate addiction in our community.