Law enforcement authorities with the Fort Walton Beach Police Department arrested a 53-year-old man who worked as the manager of the Holiday Lodge and Suites for allegedly selling drugs in the lobby. The incident happened on Feb. 13.
According to the police, they executed a search warrant of the hotel and of Room 205. Officers reportedly found multiple drugs, including fentanyl, methamphetamine and marijuana. They also found drug paraphernalia and equipment that is used to package drugs.
The 53-year-old hotel manager was taken into custody. He reportedly admitted to the officers that he sold drugs to hotel patrons from the lobby. He also allegedly told the police that they would find more methamphetamine in his vehicle. Three other people who were found in the areas that were searched were not arrested. Law enforcement authorities said that they are continuing to investigate. There is no information about whether or not the man remains in custody or if he has had a bond set in his case.
Being convicted of drug trafficking can permanently change people's lives. They may face years in prison, substantial fines, mandatory drug treatment and other consequences. Long after people have discharged their sentences, they may still face ongoing collateral consequences. They may have trouble finding jobs, gaining approval for housing, securing educational loans and face other problems. When people are charged with drug offenses, they might want to consult with criminal defense attorneys who are experienced in defending against drug crimes cases. The attorneys may look for problems with how the police conducted the stops, searches and seizures and challenge any unconstitutionally gathered evidence. This may help them to win suppression of the evidence along with the dismissal of the charges against their clients.
Source: NWF Daily News, "Report: Manager sold patrons drugs from hotel lobby," Feb. 15, 2018