On Thursday, June 18, 2020, MCSO detectives with the Special Investigations Division Strategic Unit observed Mustapha Muhammad, who had active warrants for Trafficking in Fentanyl, Fleeing to Elude, and Violation of Probation, driving on 301 Blvd. in Manatee County. Muhammad eventually pulled into the Palms of Cortez apartment complex and parked. When detectives approached Muhammad, he fled on foot, but was quickly apprehended by a K9 Unit.
Muhammad was found to be in possession of 43 grams of Fentanyl, a dangerous and potent narcotic. (Fentanyl, which is sold as Heroin, is typically sold in 0.1 gram units. A 0.1 gram unit is approximately 2-4 doses.)
Hariel Anderson, who was also in the vehicle, was in possession of a small amount of Percocet, and a backpack located in the vehicle contained 1 pound of marijuana.
Muhammad faces charges for Trafficking in Fentanyl, Violation of Probation, Fleeing to Elude, and Driving While License Suspended. Anderson faces charges for Possession of a Controlled Substance without Prescription and Possession of Marijuana (Over 20 Grams).