Prolific Offender Arrested on Felony Drug Charges

                                                                                                             NEWS RELEASE #: 17-024 - JANUARY 31, 2017

The Sarasota County Sheriff's Office arrested a Venice man after he sold methamphetamine to undercover detectives.

The investigation began in November 2016 when Michael Shaver, DOB 08/19/92, sold Special Investigation Section detectives meth on three separate occasions. On Monday night around 6:00 p.m., officers with the Venice Police Department conducted a traffic stop on Shaver to assist sheriff's office detectives with their arrest. Shaver attempted to flee but was quickly apprehended in the area of Albee Farm Road and S. Tamiami Trail Bypass in Venice. As Shaver was taken into custody, detectives searched his vehicle and seized meth, oxymorphone hydrochloride, syringes, pipes, and several items often used to distribute drugs.

Shaver was booked into the Sarasota County Jail and charged with Escape by the Venice Police Department as well as three counts of Sale of Methamphetamine, Possession of Oxymorphone Hydrochloride with Intent to Sell, Possession of Methamphetamine with Intent to Sell, and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. Shaver, of 330 Southland Road, has more than a dozen prior arrests in Sarasota County to include Grand Theft Auto, Theft and various drug crimes. He remains in custody without bond.

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