Thomas Crowder, 48, was sentenced to 9 years in prison as a Habitual Felony Offender for various drug charges. Crowder was adjudicated guilty for one count each of Sale of a Controlled Substance within 1,000 ft. of a Child Care Facility, Possession of Paraphernalia and Possession of Cocaine.
In November 2017 the defendant sold cocaine to an undercover detective. It was during a joint operation between the Punta Gorda Police Department and the Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office Narcotics Unit. They had received numerous complaints from a child care facility about drug sales and usage in the area so they set up a surveillance operation. Police video captured the narcotics transaction.
Assistant State Attorney Garrick Soja prosecuted the case.
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