PORT CHARLOTTE — A Port Charlotte couple were arrested Wednesday on charges that included possession of methamphetamine when members of the Narcotics Unit and Street Crimes Unit served a search warrant at their house. James Edward Thurston, 37, and Thea Michelle Psathas, 39, both of the 22100 block of Hernando Avenue in Port Charlotte, were each charged with possession of methamphetamine, possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of ammunition by a convicted felon as a result of the search.
At about 6:30 a.m. Wednesday, deputies and detectives went to the Hernando Avenue residence to serve a search warrant. After knocking on the door and announcing their presence several times with no answer, they forced a door open and entered the house. They located Thurston near the kitchen and Psathas in a bedroom. They were escorted out of the house and detectives read them the search warrant. During the search, detectives located several pieces of plastic baggies that contained a residue that tested positive for methamphetamine, as well as several smoking pipes and a scale. They also located ammunition for a firearm in the house. Both Thurston and Psathas are convicted felons and, therefore, prohibited from having possession of ammunition. Thurston and Psathas were transported to the Charlotte County Jail, where they are being held without bond.
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