The Sarasota County Sheriff's Office arrested a Bradenton man today on felony drug charges after he sold Carfentanil, a schedule II controlled substance, to undercover detectives.
The investigation began in late October when Special Investigation Section detectives met with Latarious Harvey, DOB 12/22/90, in the 700 block of North Tamiami Trail in Nokomis, to purchase heroin. On four separate occasions, Harvey sold the drug to detectives in close proximity to a church on Browns Road. After each sale, detectives tested the suspected drug which came back negative for the presence of heroin and fentanyl. The drug was later submitted for forensic testing where a chemist confirmed the presence of Carfentanil, an opioid 10,000 times more potent than morphine.
On Friday morning, with assistance from the Florida Regional Fugitive Task Force, detectives arrested Harvey in Manatee County. He was taken to the Sarasota County jail where he is currently being held on four counts of Sale of Carfentanil within 1,000 feet of a Church. His bond is set at $100,000.