An Orange Park man was arrested on Thursday for trafficking fentanyl, possession of non-prescription narcotics, resisting officers, driving under the influence and attempting to tamper with or conceal evidence, according to an arrest report.
The Clay County Sheriff’s Office announced in a Facebook post Monday that the arrest was related to the Lucky 777 drug operation.
The Lucky 777’s is a pharmaceutical company involving several drug traffickers who trafficked over 12 kilograms of illegal drugs, including cocaine, methamphetamine and fentanyl, from Mexico to California and northeastern Florida. Some of the traffic happened through the US Postal Service.
The drug operation was dubbed “Lucky 777’s” because some drugs, in pill form, bear a “777” imprint – similar to the slot machine type symbol.
Clay County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Stephen Adams was traveling north in the 900 block of Blanding Boulevard at approximately 5:09 p.m. Thursday and observed a silver Dodge truck driving in the right lane, making a swerving between the lanes and nearly hitting two vehicles.
The vehicle continued north, approaching the intersection where traffic stopped at a red light. While slowing for the red light, the deputy saw the truck hit the curb and continue into the Value Pawn parking lot, 683 Blanding Blvd.
The deputy activated the police lights and the driver of the vehicle, Matthew Alexander, 40, of Orange Park made a sharp U-turn into the parking lot, then stopped in a parking space and crossed the barricade that prevented the vehicle from hitting the business. , says the arrest report.
The deputy made contact with Alexander who had a black folding knife in his lap and was making multiple movements around where he was sitting, according to the report. It was noted that there was a female passenger in the vehicle. Alexander was ordered out of the vehicle and became argumentative but eventually cooperated.
Alexander’s eyes appeared to be contracted, almost to a point, according to the arrest report. According to law enforcement training, this is usually caused by a narcotic substance.
Once out of the vehicle, the deputy saw another black folding knife on Alexander’s right hip and a black holster with a multi-tool both of which were removed for security reasons, according to the report.
While patting Alexander, the deputy felt a bulge with a wadded ball and a hard, elongated object in Alexander’s right pocket, according to the arrest report. When asked if the deputy could put his hand in his pocket, Alexander put his own hand in the pocket and did not remove it.
He started to walk away and the deputy threw him to the ground and handcuffed him. Alexander then complained that his left leg, foot and shoulder were injured and that he needed medical attention. Clay County Fire and Rescue responded to the scene for a medical check.
A transparent bag was recovered from Alexander’s pocket with blue circular pills and a white powdery substance, according to the arrest report. The arrest report says the white stuff was fentanyl. It does not specify how the blue pills were documented.
Deputies performed two breath tests on Alexander, both showed that there was no alcohol in his system.
Deputies asked Alexander to provide a urine sample, but he refused.
Alexander was charged with drug possession, resisting arrest, driving under the influence of narcotics and concealing physical evidence, however, the sheriff’s office Facebook page says Alexander was involved in the case. . Lucky 777 drug bust.
Alexander is charged with trafficking more than four grams of fentanyl.
“Last week, Deputy [Stephen] Adams conducted a traffic stop of a car that nearly caused multiple crashes and ran over a curb in a parking lot at 683 Blanding Blvd,” the sheriff’s office’s Facebook post read. “After further investigation and a brief struggle, the suspect driving the car was arrested and taken to jail. The suspect was charged with impaired driving, trafficking fentanyl, possession of a controlled substance without order, destruction of evidence and resistance without violence.
Alexander was rushed to Clay County Jail and his bail is set at $268,513.