LCPD traffic stop leads to narcotics arrest

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On Saturday, a Lake City Police officer arrested a man after discovering more than 340 grams of pressed pills with Fentanyl inside his vehicle.

Joshua O'Danta Diston
Courtesy of LCPD Joshua O’Danta Diston
Pressed pills laced with Fentanyl
Courtesy of LCPD Pressed pills laced with Fentanyl.

According to a Lake City Police Department (LCPD) release, an officer arrested Joshua O’Danta Diston, 20, of Lake City, at 7:49 p.m. The officer initially conducted a traffic stop when Diston failed to stop at a stop sign on NW Wilson Street at the intersection of NW Dixie Avenue. The vehicle pulled over on NW Redding Avenue.

After Diston and his passenger were pulled over and he was informed of the reason for the stop, the officer asked for and received Diston’s consent to search the vehicle and its contents. The officer then found 340.25 grams of pressed pills in three Ziploc bags. Tests of the pills – which had been assembled to emulate a common pain medication – revealed the presence of Fentanyl.

“This incident is a reminder to everyone to never take any medication not prescribed specifically to them or any over-the-counter medication not in its original container,” said Lake City Chief of Police Gerald Butler in the release. “These pills were pressed to look like 800 mg Ibuprofen tablets and were only determined to be illicit as a result of testing by the officer after suspension based on their not being in a proper container.”

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Following the arrest, Diston was transported to the Columbia County Detention Center without incident.

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