Suspected Manatee County heroin dealer arrested with 3 children in vehicle

In a second heroin bust announced after 11 p.m. Friday, the Manatee County Sheriff’s Office has charged 26-year-old Jamal Matthews of Bradenton with armed trafficking in heroin, possession of a firearm buy a convicted felon and child neglect.

Just 30 minutes earlier, the Manatee County Sheriff’s Office announced Mikal Carnagie, 23, was 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.

In response to the significant amount of recent overdoses, The Special Investigation Division of the Manatee Sheriff’s Office conducted investigations to identify heroin dealers. Detectives followed Matthews and reportedly witnessed a drug transaction. Detectives and a K9 deputy stopped a vehicle driven by Matthews and occupied by three small children traveling in the Oneco area.

As a result of the traffic stop, Matthews was arrested initially for no driver’s license. Subsequent investigation led to the discovery of heroin in his vehicle, according to the report.

Child Protective Services was notified in reference to children being present during drug transactions and is conducting an investigation into child neglect. More charges may be pending.

A search of the vehicle revealed $969 in cash, eight grams of Oxycodone, five grams of marijuana, 9.5 grams of heroin and a 9 mm loaded handgun.

Anyone with information about a crime is asked to call 941-747-3011.

Herald staff report