Florida Couple Arrested for Drugs and Identity Theft

Florida Couple Sean Russette, 29, and Kaylee Stevens, 25, spent some time in the Charlotte County Jail after they were stopped for violating the emergency curfew order and deputies found drugs, paraphernalia, and stolen identification in their vehicle.

The couple were traveling near Tuckers Grade in the Punta Gorda area heading towards St. Petersburg in a Nissan Frontier pickup around 1:30 am. Strike one, violation of curfew. When the deputy pulled in behind the vehicle it slowed down to about 5 miles per hour. Strike two, as this indicates a possibly impaired driver. When the deputy called in the traffic stop, the tag came back as being registered to a Buick. Strike three, attaching tag not assigned.

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The deputy activated his emergency lights and the vehicle turned off the main road and drove down two side streets before coming to a stop. These are the stops that make the hair on the back of your neck stand up. The deputy called for a back and waited until it arrived before dealing with the vehicle’s occupants.

When backup units arrived, deputies ordered the occupants out of the vehicle. The driver Sean Russette stepped out and dropped a syringe on the ground, kicking it under the truck. The passenger Kaylee Stevens stepped out, and both of them denied knowledge of any narcotics in the vehicle.

A vehicle search resulted in a MDMA pill (also known as also called Ecstasy or Molly) in the driver’s door pocket, and 2 bags of methamphetamine in the passenger side door pocket. The syringe Russette pushed under the car also tested positive for methamphetamine.

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Also discovered in the vehicle were 7 driver’s licenses, 10 credit/debit cards, 2 Social Security cards, 30 personal and business checks, 25 blank checks, and more than 100 handwritten credit card numbers, names, social security numbers, addresses, and other Personal Identity Information.

“This is another example of why I instituted the curfew following Hurricane Ian. We have seen several people out on the roads after curfew who don’t belong there, doing things they shouldn’t be doing. I encourage our residents to call the non-emergency line if you see something or someone suspicious, especially in violation of the curfew.”- Charlotte County Sheriff Bill Prummell

Russette and Stevens were placed under arrest and transported to the Charlotte County Jail, charged with possession of Methamphetamine, MDMA, drug paraphernalia, and possession of the personal identification information of another person.


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