Jury finds Charlotte County man guilty on drug-related charges

Writer: Melissa Montoya
Robert Ward (Credit: Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office)

A jury has found a Charlotte County man guilty of four drug-related charges.

Robert Ward, 40, was found guilty of trafficking in amphetamines, possession of paraphernalia and two counts of possession of a controlled substance, according to a news release from the State Attorney’s Office for the 20th Judicial Circuit.

In Aug. of 2019, a Charlotte County sheriff’s deputy attempted to make a traffic stop near Mango Drive in Punta Gorda. The driver, Ward, accelerated and drove around a corner.

He was detained by the deputy at his friend’s house. Deputies found heroin in his vehicle and a methamphetamine pipe in his car.

Later on, deputies also found methamphetamine along the stretch of road that Ward drove by.

Ward’s sentencing is scheduled for May 14.


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