We call the police in the event of an emergency, when we are involved in a car accident, or even when we suspect that a crime is being committed. That’s the natural reaction of most as police have the power and ability to take control of any situation and work to get the issue resolved. What isn’t considered to be a “natural reaction” is when a person calls the police, causing themselves to get arrested. Yet that is exactly what 22-year-old Austin Stuenkel did this past Monday evening.


Here’s what happened.


It was around 11:00 p.m. when deputies arrived at the home of Stuenkel. He had called 911 earlier and reported that there were people running through his home and backyard located at 3234 Yorktown Street [Source: Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office].  Although Stuenkel claimed he was a victim of a home invasion and invited police into his home, what he didn’t account for was all the narcotics and paraphernalia used to sell narcotics that had been left in plain view. Obviously, the officers took note of what they saw and the next morning had a search warrant executed. They arrived at Stuenkel’s home Tuesday morning where they recovered the following:


  • 45 grams of cocaine
  • More than 3,000 Xanax pills
  • 3,800 grams of marijuana
  • Various synthetic drugs
  • Other types of prescription pills


Police also recovered other miscellaneous substances that were submitted to the agency’s drug lab for further testing.

Although Stuenkel may very well have been the victim of a home invasion, or just a drug deal gone bad, he is now facing some pretty serious charges considering he was caught with such large amounts of drugs. The 22-year-old could potentially be convicted of the following charges:


  1. Trafficking in Cocaine
  2. Four counts of Possession of a Prescription with Intent to Sell
  3. Four counts of Possession of a Controlled Substance
  4. Possession of Marijuana with Intent to Sell
  5. Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.


He is currently being held without bond in Sarasota and once the investigation concludes, there may be additional charges added to the list above.

When a person is caught with a certain amount of drugs in their possession, not only are they going to be charged for having it, but they could very well be charged with the intent to sell just like Stuenkel.  And if he wants to stand any chance of having some of the charges dismissed and the penalties reduced, he is definitely going to want to hire a reliable and dedicated Sarasota criminal defense lawyer. In fact, anyone who has been charged with possession of drugs is going to need a criminal defense attorney representing them as they could be facing jail time, probation, fines, and other fees for committing the crime.

If you know someone who is currently dealing with this dilemma and are in need of a reputable defense attorney in Sarasota, USAttorneys.com is available to help them locate a lawyer now.