A two-month investigation came to a close Wednesday afternoon when St. Lucie County sheriff’s detectives arrested a Fort Pierce man on a litany of drug charges.
The sheriff’s office’s SWAT Team executed a narcotics-related search warrant at 28-year-old Julius Earl Belle’s residence in the 100 block of Camelot Drive in Fort Pierce. Belle was taken into custody on the back porch of his residence. He has two felony convictions and is on felony probation, a report states.
Sheriff Ken Mascara reported Thursday that detectives found a large amount of illegal narcotics and firearms inside Belle’s residence. Mascara said those included:
- 744.1 grams (1.64 pounds) of MDPV (molly);
- 16.4 grams of crack cocaine;
- 9 grams of fentanyl;
- .3 grams of MDMA;
- Two handguns (a Glock 17 with a high-capacity magazine and a .45-caliber Hi-Point); and
- $2,455 in cash.
“We’re committed to ridding this poison from our community that has tragically affected so many families,” Mascara said.
Belle was charged with possession of a weapon by a convicted felon, possession of opium/derivative with intent to sell, possession of cocaine with intent to sell, trafficking in phenethylamines, possession of a controlled substance without a prescription and possession of drug paraphernalia.
He also was arrested by the Warrants Unit on three counts of sale of cocaine, three counts of possession of cocaine with intent to sell, sale of opium/derivative, possession of opium/derivative with intent to sell and use of a two-way communication device to facilitate a felony. He was booked into the St. Lucie County Jail at 4:10 p.m. and is being held without bond.