Parking violation leads to arrest on drug charges

While investigating another incident at McDonald’s located at 21 West Hickpochee Avenue in LaBelle on January 29, Hendry County deputies noticed a white 4-door Mazda sedan blocking a handicapped parking space just after 11:30 p.m.

As deputies approached the vehicle to investigate, the driver of the vehicle, Michael Joseph Daley, returned from inside the establishment and opened the driver’s side front door.

Deputies smelled what appeared to be burnt marijuana coming from inside the vehicle.

Daley was taken back to the deputy’s patrol car and asked if anyone had been smoking marijuana in the vehicle. He denied that anyone had been smoking in the vehicle.

When asked for his driver’s license, Daley stated that his license was suspended. After confirming that his license was suspended, deputies placed Daley in wrist restraints while they further investigated the incident.

Contact was then made with the front passenger, Patricia Danielle Pack. She was also asked if anyone had smoked marijuana in the vehicle. Pack also stated that marijuana had not been used in the vehicle.

Deputies then instructed the right rear passenger, Bobby Joe Hudson of Immokalee, to exit the vehicle.

As a search of the vehicle was conducted, tobacco shavings were located on the floor and in the driver’s door handle.

A marijuana cigarette approximately three inches in length was located in the area where Pack was sitting. The cigarette was field tested and the results came back positive for THC.

While conducting a weapons search of Pack’s purse, a small clear baggy with a white substance was found. The substance was also field tested and came back positive for methamphetamine.

Pack was then placed under arrest for possession of marijuana not more than 20 grams which is a misdemeanor charge and felony possession of methamphetamine.

Daley was charged with driving while license suspended or revoked and the vehicle was turned over to the registered owner.

Records show that this is not the first time Daley has been in trouble with officials. In December of last year, Daley was arrested in Hendry County for driving on a suspended license. However, those charges were later dropped.

In Lee County, Daley has prior charges for probation violation, unpaid child support, and violating a domestic violence injunction order.

Hudson has a history of multiple offenses in Collier County including driving on a suspended license five separate times, possession of cocaine, possession of narcotic equipment, disorderly conduct, failing to appear on charges of obstructing an officer without violence on two occasions, unpaid child support and trespassing.

Hudson’s problems don’t end there. In Lee County, he has previously been arrested for battery and in Hendry County he was arrested on an out-of-county warrant in 2017.

While Pack has a history of minor traffic violations in Hendry County, the shocking revelation is that she was a teacher at LaBelle High School at the time of her arrest. Following the arrest, Pack was immediately placed on suspension but she resigned shortly thereafter.

According to the Florida Department of Education, Pack’s Exceptional Student Education certification was just issued in July of 2016 and expires in June of 2019. Her certification is temporary and non-renewable. At the moment, Pack does not have any sort of disciplinary record on file with the Department of Education.

According to the Florida Department of Education, if Pack is convicted of a felony drug charge, she may be bared from retaining her temporary teacher certification and may be precluded from being recertified in 2019 due to the Ethics in Education Act signed into law in 2008.

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