Highlands County SO arrests Lake Placid drug trafficking suspect following lengthy investigation

From the Highlands County Sheriff’s Office:

A months-long investigation by the Highlands County Sheriff’s Office Crime Suppression Unit wrapped up Friday with the arrest of a local drug dealer after a search warrant turned up a large amount of drugs at a Lake Placid home.

Maurice Oxendine, who was out on bond after being arrested for selling cocaine and MDVP (Molly) in May of 2023, was arrested on multiple felonies after deputies searched a residence and a vehicle on Cochrane Drive in Lake Placid Friday morning.

Inside the home, in a bedroom used by Oxendine, deputies located 10 small baggies commonly used for the sale of narcotics that contained 4.4 grams of cocaine, another 8 baggies with MDVP (Molly) and 11 blue pills that were identified as Oxycodone, but field tested positive for fentanyl.

In the truck belonging to Oxendine, deputies found multiple bags of MDVP (Molly) – which made a total of 148.6 grams of Molly — more pills that also tested positive for fentanyl (for a total of 23.6 grams of those pills), 28 pills (19.4 grams) of Xanax pills and three handguns.

Oxendine was charged with trafficking in MDPV (Molly), trafficking in fentanyl, possessing a vehicle or structure while knowingly trafficking drugs (two counts), possessing a vehicle or structure while knowingly selling drugs (two counts), possession of oxycodone with intent to sell, possession of fentanyl with intent to sell, possession of cocaine with intent to sell, possession of alprazolam with intent to sell, possession of MDPV (Molly) with intent to sell, possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony (three counts), and felony possession of drug paraphernalia.

NOTE: Not all arrests result in convictions. Everyone is considered innocent until proven guilty in court.

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