Guilty Verdict in Fentanyl Case

Jarques Nijay Riggins has been found guilty as charged of Possession of Cocaine, Possession of Paraphernalia, and Trafficking in Dangerous Fentanyl or Fentanyl Analogues. The jury also returned a special finding on count three of over 14 grams of Fentanyl.

On September 11, 2023, the Lee County Sheriff’s Office was serving an arrest warrant for the defendant, for a drug case. They located him at a motel in North Fort Myers. When contact was initiated with the defendant at the door of the motel room, law enforcement observed several plastic baggies filled with white powder, on a table, in plain view.

Once the defendant was taken into custody, a search warrant was obtained and executed on the room. In addition to the baggies, there was also a shoebox located that contained Fentanyl and cocaine, as well as drug paraphernalia.

The contents of the baggies that were collected were later identified by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, as also containing Fentanyl.

Sentencing has been scheduled for March 11, 2024.

Assistant State Attorney Leena Marcos prosecuted the case.

Samantha Syoen – Communications Director, State Attorney’s Office