A search warrant led to a large-scale drug bust at one Port Charlotte home on Tuesday.
Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office detectives entered Joseph Vine’s home and found over $40,000, methamphetamine, heroin, and other controlled substances within the residence, deputies say.
In a thorough search, deputies unscrewed a WD-40 can from the bottom and found it to be filled with 14.7 grams of heroin and 88 Alprazolam pills, commonly known as Xanax.
In another show of craftsmanship, a can of glass cleaner had an unscrewable bottom, which contained 8.1 grams of methamphetamine, 1.7 grams of heroin and four methadone hydrochloride pills, deputies say.
Inside a paint can, deputies found $37,000.
Vine, 45, was arrested on charges of heroin trafficking, possession of drug paraphernalia, marijuana possession, possession of other controlled substance schedule 3 or 4 with intent to sell, and two counts of possession of a controlled substance without a prescription.
He was booked into the Charlotte County Jail with no bond.
Vine is charged with a single count of conspiracy to traffic in fentanyl.
Previously in February, the Department of Homeland Security intercepted three packages in Miami suspected of containing fentanyl, all of which were destined to a Sarasota address Vine was staying at. The packages contained over 10 grams of fentanyl, which is considered a trafficking amount.
The investigation also revealed Vine allegedly used the “dark web” to coordinate the shipments and inquire about additional illegal narcotics.
Vine had an active felony warrant for conspiracy to traffic heroin out of Sarasota County.
During the course of the investigation, Vine relocated to Port Charlotte. Detectives relayed information about Vine’s activity to the Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office, who took him into custody Tuesday following the execution of a search warrant at his home.
He has 30 prior arrests in Sarasota County and 19 felony drug convictions. Vine also faces additional charges in Charlotte County where he remains in custody awaiting extradition to Sarasota.