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Father charged with selling cocaine to undercover agents

A man, whose daughter was killed by his pet python in July, was arrested on Friday and charged with selling cocaine in Oxford, Florida.

Police said Charles Darnell, 32, sold the drug to undercover Sumter County agents.

The arrest was a result of a one-week operation where agents allegedly made two separate buys from Darnell at his home in Oxford. On both occasions, undercover agents purchased powdered cocaine. 

The transactions occurred at the front yard of Darnell’s residence. The Special Investigations Squad conducted a field test on the purchased product, which came back positive for cocaine. 

Darnell was charged with two counts of sale of cocaine, two counts of possession of cocaine with intent to sell, two counts of unlawful use of a two-way communication device and two counts of keep shop for dangerous drugs. His bond has been set at $110,000. 

Shaiunna Hare, 2, was killed in July in Sumter County when her family’s 8-foot python got out of its enclosure and strangled the child. Officials are investigating whether the snake’s cage met the proper requirements. Police said Darnell, the owner of the snake, also did not have the required permit for the snake. 

If you have been charged with Possession of Drugs or Paraphernalia in Orange County or Seminole County, Florida, please contact the experienced criminal defense lawyers at Tilden Law for a free initial consultation.

Fleet Tilden
Fleet Tilden
Beginning in 1923, attorney John Tilden, Esq. established his law practice in Downtown Orlando with a full service law firm serving Central Florida residents. Following in his grandfather’s footsteps, attorney N. Fleetwood Tilden, Esq. began his Central Florida law practice after graduating from law school in 1993. After a career as an Assistant State Attorney prosecuting Central Florida criminal cases, the Law Office of Tilden Law was established. Practicing exclusively Criminal Defense, Mr. Tilden has handled over 5,000 criminal cases.