By Kevin Deutsch
A Coral Springs man was arrested after police found drugs laced with fentanyl in his car, along with a loaded .357 revolver, court records show.
Ivan Blakely, 24, who did not provide police with a specific address, was pulled over shortly after midnight on Nov. 2 for operating a car without a tag light and driving erratically in the 11500 block of Northwest 39th Avenue—a stop that led to officers discovering the illegal items, according to an arrest affidavit filed by Coral Springs Police.
Inside Blakely’s silver Toyota Camry, officers found a black fanny-pack containing a brownish-green powder, along with two plastic baggies of white powder that, along with the pill, tested positive for fentanyl, the affidavit states.
Blakely told officers the drugs were Molly, an illegal street narcotic. Also known as Ecstasy, Molly is sold in pill or powder form and typically contains MDMA, a derivative of methamphetamine that produces a psychedelic-like high.
Blakely told police he takes the drug to stay awake, the affidavit states.
In his Camry, police also found a scale of the kind commonly used to weigh drugs. Blakely said he uses it to measure out the amount of Molly he takes, the affidavit states.
Between the Camry’s center console and driver’s seat, police said they found Blakey’s gun, for which he currently has no permit, records show.
Blakely’s concealed weapons permit was suspended as a result of a June 21 arrest on a charge of battery on a pregnant woman, the affidavit states.
Fentanyl is a synthetic opioid that, depending on its purity level, can be exponentially more powerful than morphine. The drug mirrors the effects of heroin, and just a few salt-sized grains can lead to an overdose.
In 2020, 798 people died due to accidental overdoses in Broward, with 611 cases involving fentanyl. That marked a 72 percent increase in overdose deaths involving fentanyl from the year before.
Blakely was booked into the Broward Main Jail on charges of possession of fentanyl, possession of drug paraphernalia, carrying a concealed firearm, and driving without a tag light.
Records show was released without bond in advance of his next court appearance.
- 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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