PORT CHARLOTTE, FL. - A Charlotte County man who tried to use Craigslist to trade a food stamp card for drugs, instead bought a one way ticket to jail.
The Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office Narcotics Unit conducted a reverse drug transaction on Thursday that resulted in the arrest of Port Charlotte man on charges of Attempting to Purchase a Controlled Substance (Oxycodone) and Public Assistance Fraud.
The Narcotics Unit received an anonymous tip advising that someone in the Port Charlotte was advertising on the Craigslist Internet site as “Looking for Roxy”. Detectives searched the site and located the ad which was listed just as the tipster said. Detectives began an Internet investigation which involved communicating with the person in the ad. The person wanted to get Oxycodone pills in exchange for a “Food Stamp” card worth $100. Arrangements were made to meet the person on Thursday at an address on Forrest Nelson Blvd. in Port Charlotte.
An undercover detective met with 25-year-old Jesse Thomas Wilkes and provided 2 placebo/imitation Oxycodone pills, which had the same markings and appearance as real pills. Wilkes gave the undercover detective a Food Stamp card and the PIN number for it.
Wilkes was then placed under arrest. The placebo/imitation Oxycodone pills were retrieved from Wilkes’ front pocket. He was transported to the Charlotte County Jail where he remains on a $6,000 bond.
Anyone with knowledge of illegal drug activity is asked to please call the CCSO Narcotics Unit at 941-575-2157, or Crime Stoppers at 800-780-TIPS (8477).