A woman from Englewood East was adjudicated guilty and sentenced to 20 years in prison Thursday morning for heroin trafficking.
Teshona Berna Martek, 29, was sentenced (with the first 15 years being minimum mandatory) for one count of trafficking in heroin – 28 grams or more. She was also ordered to pay a $100,000 fine.
In September 2020, a detective at the Charlotte County Jail received a tip that an inmate, Martek, was concealing drugs in her cell. Martek had recently been incarcerated there on an unrelated case. She was removed from her cell and it was searched, buto contraband was found. A strip search was authorized, and a body scanner, similar to an x-ray machine, showed a foreign object in her body.
The item was retrieved by the inmate. It was an object wrapped in a plastic bag containing narcotics. It was sent to the Florida Department of Law Enforcement for testing and tested positive for heroin, weighing 47 grams.