A woman who was trying to do the right thing by legally getting rid of her Hurricane Irma-damaged boat ended up on the wrong side of the law.
Police say as Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission Officer Mario Bertolami talked with Autumn Guzzi, 25, at the Marathon FWC office about signing her vessel over to be destroyed, he smelled marijuana coming from her van. Bertolami called U.S. Customs and Border Protection to get a drug-sniffing dog to the office and it “alerted to the vehicle,” according to a report by Monroe County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Steven Katz.
Guzzi, who jail records say is homeless in Key West, was arrested Monday and charged with numerous drug counts because pot wasn’t the only thing found in the van, police say.
Guzzi was arrested on six felonies and two misdemeanors stemming from an investigation that started Jan. 24. That’s the day she was at the FWC office, mile marker 48 oceanside, to sign over her boat in front of a notary public and the police dog “alerted” to the van.
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Inside the van, FWC officers and Monroe Sheriff’s Office deputies found nearly two ounces of MDMA, commonly known as ecstasy; 22.8 grams of cocaine; eight different kinds of prescription drugs including oxycodone and clonazepam; 5.5 grams of marijuana; 2.7 grams of hash oil; a scale; and jeweler bags “consistent with being used to package narcotics,” according to the report.
It’s not clear in the report why Guzzi wasn’t arrested on site Jan. 24.
“There’s a lot of different reasons why they might go get a warrant,” said sheriff’s spokeswoman Becky Herrin.
The warrant was served to Guzzi in a Broward County jail Feb. 16 and she was moved to the Stock Island jail Monday, where she remained Tuesday on $170,000 bond.
Her felonies are for possession of prescription drugs with intent to sell; possession of marijuana, cocaine and opium or a derivative of opium; possession of a controlled substance; amphetamine trafficking over 14 grams; and possession of paraphernalia.
Katie Atkins: 305-440-3219