Fentanyl, Heroin Among Drugs Discovered in Coral Springs Traffic Bust

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Joshua Christianson

By Kevin Deutsch

A Coral Springs man was arrested on a host of drug charges earlier this month after police pulled him over and found fentanyl, heroin, cocaine, and methamphetamine inside his car, court records show.

According to an arrest affidavit filed, officers stopped Joshua Christianson, 41, of Northwest 90th Ave., after he ran a red light in a silver Toyota Camry near the 3400 block of North University Drive on Feb. 4 by Coral Springs Police.

Police said that when they approached the Camry, they spotted cocaine—and a mirror of the kind used to snort cocaine off—inside the car’s center console, the records show.

Upon searching the Camry, officers also discovered about a quarter of a gram of powder fentanyl, less than two grams of white and brown heroin, a crystalline rock of methamphetamine, and more cocaine, the affidavit alleges.

The drugs were seized by police and entered into evidence, the officers said.

After his arrest, Christianson was booked into the Broward Main Jail on charges of Possession Of Methamphetamine, Possession Of Cocaine, Possession Of Heroin, Possession Of Fentanyl and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, the last charge stemming from a glass pipe police discovered, records show.

He was also given a citation for running the red light, police said.

Christianson was free Saturday on a $4,100 bond, according to court records.

Fentanyl has been showing up more frequently in local drug supplies, part of a national trend of illicit drug manufacturers and dealers lacing their product with the potentially lethal, synthetic opioid.

Broward County tallied the highest number of fentanyl-related overdose deaths in Florida in 2020, according to calculations by the Florida Medical Examiners Commission.

At least 642 overdose deaths involving fentanyl were recorded in Broward in 2020, among the 5,302 overdose deaths linked to fentanyl statewide—a 63 percent increase in Florida from 2019, according to the commission’s data.

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Kevin Deutsch

Kevin Deutsch
Kevin Deutsch is an award-winning crime journalist and author. A graduate of Florida International University, Kevin has worked on staff at The Miami Herald, New York Daily News, and The Palm Beach Post.

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