Investigation Yields Heroin, Fentanyl and Three Arrests

NEWS RELEASE 18-152 - SEPTEMBER 6, 2018  
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The Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office arrested three convicted felons on multiple felony charges after an investigation revealed trafficking amounts of fentanyl and heroin.

Detectives launched their investigation Monday after receiving information about possible criminal activity at the home of Joseph Wright, DOB 10/12/75, of 2141 Banneker Way, Sarasota.  Wednesday afternoon, detectives executed a search warrant on Wright’s home which revealed more than 46 grams of heroin, 30 grams of fentanyl, and 4 grams of cocaine. Detectives also located a .45 caliber handgun and ammunition. As part of the undercover investigation, detectives arrested Reginald McKenzie, DOB 09/20/80, and Tiffany Johnson, DOB 11/27/76, two of Wright’s associates.

Wright is charged with Trafficking in Fentanyl, Trafficking in Heroin, Principle to Sale of Fentanyl, Possession of a Firearm by a Convicted Felon, Possession of Ammunition by a Convicted Felon, Possession of Cocaine, and two counts of Driving While License Suspended. He has prior arrests dating back to 1991 for Strong Arm Robbery, Aggravated Battery, Grand Theft and miscellaneous drug charges. Wright remains in custody today without bond.

Johnson was taken into custody on an arrest warrant for Violation of Probation related to Grand Theft and was later charged with Sale of Fentanyl. She remains in custody without bond and has nearly two dozen prior arrests for crimes including Grand Theft, Fraudulent Use of Personal Identification Information and Obstruction.

McKenzie was taken into custody on an arrest warrant for Possession of Fentanyl and Possession of Narcotic Equipment. At the time of his arrest, he was also charged with Driving While License Suspended. McKenzie was released Wednesday on $3,500 bond and has prior arrests for Domestic Battery, Sale of Cocaine and several other drug charges.

The investigation is continuing and additional charges are pending.