Cocaine, shrooms, THC wax, firearms and more found in Port Charlotte home

Writer: Paul Dolan
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Authorities discovered cocaine and other drugs in a trafficking amount, along with firearms, inside a convicted felon’s Port Charlotte home.

According to the Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office, a months-long narcotics investigation led to a search warrant executed at 27-year-old Richard N. Decker’s home at 22111 Marshall Avenue in Port Charlotte on Wednesday.

Decker was not home when deputies executed the search. Instead, a woman, along with her two children, were. They all left the home, allowing authorities to begin the search.

Below is a list of drugs CCSO discovered during the search.

  • 10.26 pounds of marijuana
  • 1.02 pounds of cocaine
  • 8.8 grams of Psilocybin mushrooms
  • 57.3 grams of THC wax
  • $9,252 of U.S. currency
  • 117.27 ounces of Promethazine/Codeine syrup
  • One handgun, one rifle, numerous rounds of ammunition
  • Multiple items of drug paraphernalia

By sheer happenstance, Decker was stopped for a traffic infraction near his home. Decker was placed under arrest for possession of controlled substances without a prescription and possession of paraphernalia. During this time, Decker was told deputies were executing a search warrant at his home.

Additional charges were added by the end of the search at Decker’s home.

  • Trafficking in Cocaine
  • Trafficking in Codeine
  • Possession of Controlled Substance with Intent to Sell Within 1,000 ft of a Church (x3)
  • Possession of Controlled Substance (Psilocybin mushrooms)
  • Possession of a Firearm by a Convicted Felon x2
  • Possession of Drug Paraphernalia
  • Child Neglect

“I can’t wrap my mind around why someone would choose this kind of lifestyle, especially with children in the home. This individual has a history of poor decisions, and that he clearly does not care about the example he is setting for others. So now he faces the justice system – again – and we can only hope that this time something sinks in,“ said Charlotte County Sheriff Bill Prummell.

Decker is held on a $195,000 bond at the Charlotte County Jail.

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