5 arrested in Charlotte County drug bust

5 arrested in Charlotte County drug bust

By FOX 4 Staff. CREATED May 31, 2013

PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. - Charlotte County deputies arrested five people overnight Wednesday in two separate incidents on multiple drug charges following a search warrant at a house near the Parkside Community.

At about 8:30 pm, deputies saw a man and a woman walking down Burkhart Drive carrying several bags.  When they stopped the couple to inquire what they were doing, the woman, Janelle Lynn Redner, 38, of 19495 Hillsborough Blvd. in Port Charlotte, began acting very nervous.  The deputies asked if they could look in their bags and both people consented.  The man had a cast net in his backpack, as he said he was going fishing.  When they started to look in Redner’s bags, she spontaneously told them she had potentially illegal items in the bag.

Deputies found five bags of a clear crystal substance that tested positive for Methamphetamine.  The bags weighed a total of 4.4 grams.  They also located a pill bottle that had four Hydromorphone bills, 8.5 Methadone Hydrochloride pills, 4.5 Cyclobenzaprine pills, five different types of Diazepam pills, one Morphine Sulfate pill, half of a Hydrocodone pill, half of a Hydrochloride pill and one Trazidone pill.

Redner was placed under arrest and charged with multiple drug related charges.  She was transported to the Charlotte County Jail and is being held on $24,500 bond.

While deputies were in the area dealing with Redner, they heard what sounded like a single gunshot that came from the area of Hanson Street and Midway Blvd.  They began to check the area and located Donald Lewie Anstett, 39, standing in the dark behind his house.  When deputies shined a light on him, Anstett dropped a clear plastic bag on the ground.

They found several spoons with what appeared to be narcotic residue on them in the bag.  Anstett was holding a pill bottle in his hand.  When deputies checked the bottle, they found it contained both Diazepam and Hyrdomorphone pills. Anstett was asked to produce identification, since the pill bottle had a name on it, but he said his ID was in the house.  Deputies were still concerned because of the gunshot and asked to accompany Anstett while he got his ID. 

When they entered the house, deputies heard other voices inside and asked that the people come out where he could see them.  Kynna Lorene Nott, 26, of Port Charlotte, James Elmer Butts, of  Arcadia and Ronald Thomas Griest, 35, were found in the house.  Deputies saw a syringe that contained an unknown substance on a table as well as seeing ammunition in Anstett’s room.  A check found that Anstett was a convicted felon.

Based on what the deputies had found and seen at the house, everyone was asked to leave while a search warrant was obtained.  The Narcotics Unit was called and, together with the Street Crimes Unit, executed the search warrant early Thursday morning. 

They located cocaine and more methamphetamine, along with numerous items that had various types of residue on them.  They found 92 .22 caliber bullets in Anstett’s room.  They also located scales and narcotic packaging materials.

Anstett was charged with three counts of possession of a controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of ammunition by a convicted felon.  He is being held at the Charlotte County Jail on $22,000 bond.

Griest was charged with possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia.  He is being held on $5,000 bond.

Nott was charged with possession of a controlled substance, possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia.  She was released on a $5,500 bond.

Butts was charged with possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia.  He is being held on a $7,500 bond.