Deputy sent illegal substance to Port Charlotte home

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A former Charlotte County deputy trafficked a controlled substance, among other crimes, while serving on the force in 2017, according to a criminal investigation conducted by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement.

The former deputy in question, James White, was put on administrative leave in October immediately following FDLE opening the investigation.

However, White wouldn't remain on the job long enough for the investigation to reach its conclusion.

The former law enforcement officer was accused of flashing his genitals at a bar in Punta Gorda in August 2017. Ten months later, the incident was reported to authorities, prompting the Charlotte County Sheriff's Office to fire him.

During White's firing, FDLE's investigation was ongoing. It concluded on Monday.

White allegedly trafficked the substance, gamma-Butyrolactone (GBL), a chemical known to be abused and can easily be used to produce a form of a "date rape" drug.

That substance was shipped to White's in-law's house in Port Charlotte, and tracked with White's digital devices, according to the investigation.

The investigation also found that White allegedly tampered or fabricated evidence and illegally used a two-way communication device.

The Charlotte County Sheriff's Office said that after reviewing FDLE's evidence, it supports the investigation's conclusion that White broke the law.

The sheriff's office added that it would have no further action as the agency no longer employs White.

 

 

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