Pinellas Sheriff Charges Three in Drug Trafficking Case
They were accused of trafficking in Fentanyl after a search warrant was executed at a St. Petersburg motel, the Pinellas Sheriff’s Office said.
PINELLAS COUNTY – Two men and a woman have been accused of trafficking in the pain medication Fentanyl, according to the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office.
The three were arrested Tuesday (Oct. 24) after Pinellas deputies executed a warrant at Room No. 106 at the Candlelight Inn, 3405 34th St. N in St. Petersburg.
Antwan Jamal Williams, 27, of St. Petersburg, was charged with one count each of armed trafficking in Fentanyl, trafficking in Fentanyl, sale and delivery of a controlled substance (Fentanyl), possession of a controlled substance with intent to sell (marijuana), sale of a controlled substance (marijuana), felon in possession of a firearm and felon in possession of ammunition. He was also charged with two counts of possession of a controlled substance (Fentanyl),
Ralph Robert Daniels, 27, of Pinellas Park, was charged with one count each of armed trafficking in Fentanyl, possession of a controlled substance (Fentanyl), possession of a controlled
substance with intent to sell (marijuana), possession of marijuana more than 20 Grams, , felon in possession of a firearm and felon in possession of ammunition. He was also charged with two counts of sale of a controlled substance (marijuana), and a warrant for failure to appear on a charge of leaving the scene of a crash with property damage.
Diamond Jeanette Winston, 26, of Pinellas Park, was charged with one count of trafficking in Fentanyl.
Fentanyl is a powerful synthetic opioid that is 80- to 100-times stronger than morphine. The estimated lethal dose of Fentanyl in humans is 2 milligrams. Fentanyl has contributed to the increase in overdose-related deaths in Pinellas County for the past two years, deputies said.
Under a new law signed by Gov. Rick Scott earlier this year, Williams, Daniels and Winston could face a minimum mandatory 25-year prison sentence if convicted of trafficking in Fentanyl with 28 grams or more. This is the first fentanyl trafficking investigation for Pinellas detectives since the new law took effect.
Deputies said their investigation began in October when detectives received a tip that Williams was selling illegal drugs from a motel room at the Candlelight Inn. Deputies were able to confirm Williams was selling Fentanyl and other illegal drugs from a room at the motel. Detectives determined that Daniels was also selling illegal drugs out of the same motel room. Detectives said Winston was in the room when drug transactions were taking place at the motel.
Detectives obtained a search warrant, and, on Tuesday, deputies executed the warrant. During the execution of the search warrant, deputies said they found 63 grams of Fentanyl, marijuana, pressed pills of an unidentified substance, various drug paraphernalia, a .40-caliber handgun and ammunition. Deputies also seized more than $19,000 in cash found inside motel room.
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Photo shows, left to right, Ralph Daniels, Antwan Williams, Diamon Winston.
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