Florida Man Claims “These Are Not My Pants” After Deputies Find Fentanyl

Florida Man Charles Alexander Bates, 37, of East Naples is sitting in the Collier County Jail after deputies arrested him for violating a county-wide curfew in the wake of Hurricane Ian.

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Bates was encountered shortly after midnight in a heavily damaged residential area in North Naples. Collier County deputies found him earlier in the area before the midnight curfew took effect and removed him from the area. During a patrol in the same area after curfew, Bates was encountered again by the same deputies. When Bates could not explain his reason for being in the area that he doesn’t live at, and out after curfew, he was arrested.

Bates was wearing a large bag across his chest, and search incident to arrest resulted in a gold mine of drugs, drug paraphernalia, identification cards and a passport in the names of other people, a wallet that didn’t belong to him, and cash. When deputies found another man’s wallet and fentanyl in his pants pocket Bates stated, let’s all say it together now, “These are not my pants.”

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Bates is certainly no stranger to law enforcement and has previous charges going back in Collier County as far back as 2014, for possession of virtually every type of narcotic, possession of firearm by a convicted felon, and a domestic violence battery by strangulation.

“I will not tolerate criminal activity as our community recovers from Hurricane Ian,” Sheriff Kevin Rambosk said. “Deputies are patrolling day and night to protect our citizens and their property.”

Bates was transported to the Collier County Jail and charges on this arrest include, Violation of Established Emergency Measures (Curfew), Possession of Cocaine, Possession of Fentanyl, Possession of Xanax, Possession of Clonazepam, Possession of Diazepam, Possession of less than 20 grams of Cannabis, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, and a Fraud Charge for Possession of Identification Cards that weren’t his.


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