Charlotte County man arrested for possessing multiple drugs

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PORT CHARLOTTE, FL- A Port Charlotte man that Narcotics detectives wanted on several outstanding drug charges faces even more drug-related charges when he was found in possession of oxycodone.

In December 2013, Narcotics detectives, working with an undercover operative, arranged to purchase cocaine on two different occasions from James C. Emerick Jr., 53, of 544 Lindley Terrance in Port Charlotte.  During both incidents, undercover personnel purchased 1.3 grams of cocaine and both sales occurred within 1000 feet of a county park. 

As a result of those two sales, detectives had been looking for Emerick to arrest him on two counts each of Sale of Cocaine within 1000 ft. of a Park, Possession of Cocaine and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.  Early Wednesday morning May 7, detectives spotted Emerick in the area of Charlie’s Pub, located in the 3400 block of Tamiami Trail.

Road patrol deputies went to the business to confirm the identity of the man the detective had seen and confirmed that the man was indeed Emerick.  When the deputies told Emerick he was under arrest on the drug-related charges, Emerick allegedly resisted their efforts to take him into custody, refusing to follow instructions, clenching his hands into fists and trying to reach into his pockets.

Emerick was eventually subdued.  During a post-arrest search, the deputies located a pill container in Emerick’s pocket.  Inside the container, deputies located two clear plastic baggies with two pills in one baggie and 43 different pills in the other.  Both types of pills were determined to be different dosages of oxycodone.

As a result, deputies also charged Emerick with Trafficking in Oxycodone, Possession of Oxycodone, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia and Resisting an Officer Without Violence.  He was booked into the Charlotte County Jail and is being held on a total $97,500 bond.