Jaquadvias Byrd was found guilty as charged for Trafficking in Illegal Drugs. He was found guilty following a two-day trial in Lee County.
In December 2018 Byrd was pulled over by a deputy with the Lee County Sheriff’s Office for a seatbelt violation. The defendant was seen stuffing something down his pants while he was in his car. During a pat down on scene, a plastic bag containing 34 smaller baggies fell out of his pants. The substance in the bags tested positive for heroin. Byrd was taken to the Lee County Jail and while he was changing into jail clothes another plastic bag fell to the ground. That plastic bag had 94 smaller bags inside with a substance that also tested positive for heroin. In total 128 bags of heroin were found on Byrd totaling over 4 grams of the illegal drug.
Byrd faces a minimum of 3 years in prison and could be sentenced up to 30 years in prison. Sentencing is scheduled for November 19th. The defendant was immediately remanded into custody following the verdict. Assistant State Attorney Steven Vitale prosecuted the case.
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