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Multi-agency collaboration leads to narcotics arrest

Cape couple facing number of charges

January 9, 2019
North Fort Myers Neighbor

On Tuesday, Jan. 8, the Lee County Sheriff's Office Highway Interdiction Unit, the Cape Coral Police Department and the U.S. Postal Inspector completed a month-long joint investigation in reference to an increase in suspicious packages being delivered to Lee County.

According to a release from the Lee County Sheriff's Office, upon arrival at the postal facility, detectives utilized their K9 partners to conduct a free air sniff of the packages, and the K9s subsequently indicated the odor of narcotics. The packages found were addressed to Jason Scott Smith, 46, of 4300 N.W. 27th St., Cape Coral, the report states.

During the investigation, detectives learned that Smith and his wife, Karea Michelle Smith, 47, also of of 4300 N.W. 27th St., Cape Coral, were both allegedly involved in illegal narcotic activity throughout Lee County. As a result, multiple search warrants were authored and executed at several locations that were believed to be utilized by the Smiths. These locations were used to store, package and distribute these illegal drugs, investigative officers said.

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Jason Smith

In total, detectives seized $13,942 in U.S. currency, a 2017 Toyota Tundra, over 35 pounds of raw marijuana, 487 grams of THC wax, 186 grams of THC infused edibles, 110 grams of mushrooms, 1,057 grams of THC oil and multiple drug paraphernalia items, the report states.

At the conclusion of the investigation, detectives arrested both Jason Smith and Karea Smith on multiple marijuana charges to include trafficking, smuggling and distribution.

The LCSO noted the help of the K9 partners involved in the investigation: Lee County Sheriff's Office K9s Cashius, Zeus, JoJo and JJ, and Cape Coral Police Department's K9 Arca.

 
 

 

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