Sentencings in Drug Cases

Danorris Isacc Balkcom, 37, of Lehigh Acres, was adjudicated guilty and sentenced today to 5 years in prison, after being found guilty of Possession of Cocaine and Driving While License Suspended or Revoked (Second or More). The jury returned the guilty verdict just after 6 p.m. last night following a one-day trial in Lee County.

In July 2020, the Lee County Sheriff’s Office Narcotics Unit was conducting an operation focusing on narcotic dealing locations in Fort Myers. A car was observed on Cleveland Avenue traveling at a speed of 65 mph, in a posted 45 mph zone. The vehicle was pulled over and the smell of marijuana was emitting from the car. The defendant, who did not have a valid driver’s license, was the driver. A detective utilized his K9 partner, to conduct a free air sniff of the vehicle and the K9 alerted to the presence of narcotics.

During a search of the car, a glass pipe was found and a baggie of methamphetamine. The defendant admitted to having a small pill container in his pants leg that contained four rocks of crack cocaine and admitted the drugs were his.

Today Balkcom was also adjudicated guilty and sentenced for one count of Sale of a Controlled Substance in another Lee County case. The defendant sold Fentanyl to a confidential informant
during an undercover drug operation conducted by the Lee County Sheriff’s Office. He was sentenced to 5 years in prison, to be served concurrent with the sentence in the other case, as well as 2 years of community control and 2 years of probation.

Assistant State Attorney Jonathan Levy and Assistant State Attorney Bryce Becker prosecuted the cases.

Samantha Syoen – Communications Director, State Attorney’s Office