Detectives with the Special Investigation Division of the Manatee County Sheriff’s Office conducted several investigations to identify heroin dealers in response to a recent rise in overdoes and deaths from the drug.
One particular name repeatedly appeared, according to a report issued late Friday night, even though information was limited and the name was only a street name.
Detectives were able to identify Mikal Carnagie, 23, as a person suspected of dealing heroin. At 1 p.m. Friday, Carnagie was located in a vehicle at 105 57th Ave. W., Bradenton. As the arrest team moved in, Carnagie tried to flee in his vehicle but all avenues of escape were cut off.
Carnagie then abandoned the vehicle and ran, but perimeter units were waiting with the K9 Unit and Aviation Unit. Carnagie was tracked by the Aviation Unit and was soon apprehended and bitten by K9 Echo. After sustaining bite injuries, he was able to momentarily break free and flee again, but then an electronic control device was deployed and he was taken into custody.
Carnagie was reportedly in possession of heroin mixed with fentanyl, and a significant amount of drug money at the time of his arrest.
Carnagie is being charged with possession of heroin and fentanyl with intent to sell, within 1000 feet of a church, possession of marijuana and paraphernalia, resisting arrest with violence and driving while license suspended. He was also served with felony outstanding warrants.
An investigation will be conducted to see if there is a connection to the heroin found on Mikal and the heroin used in the overdoses and to identify other dealers.
Anyone with information about a crime is asked to call 941-747-3011.