Drug Trafficker Convicted

Clayton Masumi Waidelich has been found guilty of Trafficking in Amphetamine over 200 grams, Trafficking in Fentanyl over 28 grams, Possession of Cannabis over 20 grams, and Possession of Paraphernalia.

Assistant State Attorneys Scott Patterson and Kristan Burns prosecuted the case.

On January 16, 2021, the Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office was conducting surveillance and saw multiple vehicles pull into a driveway at a home in Port Charlotte. They witnessed hand-to-hand narcotics transactions between the defendant and individuals in each vehicle.

The defendant was also seen flying a drone overhead during these drug deals to conduct counter surveillance to look out for potential law enforcement.

Traffic stops were conducted on the vehicles involved in the transactions and various drugs were located in each; those with the drugs were arrested. A search warrant was then obtained for the defendant’s home.

The Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office Narcotics Unit, with the assistance of SWAT and Marine Units, served the warrant. Trafficking amounts of Fentanyl and Amphetamine were found in the home, as well as other drugs and paraphernalia, leading to the arrest of Waidelich.

Sentencing is scheduled for July 12, 2024.

Samantha Syoen – State Attorney’s Office, Communicatons Director