Drug Trafficker Sentenced to 30 Years in Prison

Charlotte County drug trafficker, Vladimere Morrobel, has been sentenced to 30 years in prison for his crimes. He was adjudicated guilty of Trafficking in Cocaine, Trafficking in Heroin, and Trafficking in Hydromorphone. He was sentenced as a Habitual Felony Offender, to 30 years in prison, with 25 years minimum/mandatory, on each count, and a $500,000 fine on each count.

Morrobel pled open to the court. Every defendant can give up their right to a jury trial and make a plea to the court for sentencing. This is not a plea agreement.

The crime unfolded on August 26, 2021. The Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office Narcotics Unit had information that a large amount of cocaine would be coming into Port Charlotte from Miami, driven by the defendant. An SUV being driven by the defendant was located a short time later, on I-75, being followed by a car. The car was also registered to the defendant.

Multiple law enforcement units followed the vehicles as they made their way off the interstate and towards the defendant’s home in Punta Gorda. As a traffic stop was initiated, the SUV driven by the defendant sped away and crashed into a car parked in a residential driveway. The defendant jumped out and started running away, deep into a wooded area. Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office K9 Odin was released and made contact with the defendant. He was then taken into custody.

The vehicles and home were all searched. Two bags of marijuana, cocaine, more than 3,000 Dilaudid pills, more than 12 grams of methamphetamine, morphine pills, heroine, and drug paraphernalia was found.

Some of the narcotics were found hidden in the right rear passenger area of the car. Other drugs were on the floorboard of the SUV. More drugs were found hidden and in open view throughout the home.

Assistant State Attorney Scott Patterson prosecuted the case.

Samantha Syoen – Communications Director, State Attorney’s Office