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Port Charlotte New Year's Eve arrests involving meth and a baby

John Rinkenbaugh

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Port Charlotte New Year's Eve arrests involving meth and a baby

By John Rinkenbaugh. CREATED Jan 2, 2013 - UPDATED: Jan 2, 2013

PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. - Charlotte County deputies arrested three people on New Year's Eve seizing more than 42 grams of meth and $790 in cash.  Deputies also found almost two grams of meth powder in the shoe of a one-year-old girl in the back of the SUV carrying the suspects.

41-year-old Manuel Angel Rolon and 20-year-old Dodie Allyson Albritton of Arcadia were arrested along with 29-year-old Bret Alexander Rule of Myakka City.

Just before 9:30 p.m. a deputy spotted a silver Mercedes SUV on Veterans Boulevard drifting over the center line before sideswiping a curb in the median several times.

During the stop Rolon, the driver, told deputies his license was suspended three times. A check of the tag on the SUV showed it registered to a white Chevrolet. As Rolon exited the SUV deputies discovered a clear plastic baggy with white powder and $790 in his shorts pocket. The powder tested positive for methamphetamine. Deputies contacted CCSO Narcotics to the scene.

Deputies spotted a plastic baggie coming out of the top of Albritton's bra. There were two smaller baggies inside the baggy that contained powdered Meth. Rule was in the back seat and deputies observed him moving around and hiding a plastic baggy under his right thigh next to the child in a baby seat.

An inventory of the SUV revealed 1.7 grams of loose powdered Methamphetamine was located inside one of the infant’s shoes in her mother Albritton’s purse within reach of the infant.

All three were taken to the Charlotte County Jail. Rolon and Albritton were both charged with trafficking in methamphetamine, possession of methamphetamine, child neglect and possession of drug paraphernalia. Rolon was additionally charged with driving on a suspended license.

Rule was charged with possession of methamphetamine and possession of drug paraphernalia. All three remain in custody; Rolon on $202,500 bond, Albritton on $72,500 bond and Rule on $6,500 bond. took custody of the child; CCSO contacted the Department of Children and Families to investigate. Anyone with knowledge of illegal drug activity is asked to please call the CCSO Narcotics Unit at 941-575-2157, or Crime Stoppers at 800-780-TIPS (8477).