Melbourne Man Busted for Trafficking in Police Joint Effort

Charles Edward Pursley was arrested for drug trafficking in Melbourne, Florida.
Charles Edward Pursley was arrested for drug trafficking in Melbourne, Florida.

MELBOURNE – The West Melbourne and Melbourne Police Department’s conducted a joint operation, buy/bust inside of the Windover Apartment Complex in Melbourne.

A search warrant resulted from the operation at the 300 block of Fitness Circle in Melbourne; the location is a shared apartment between the defendant and co-defendant.

Charles Edward Pursley, 25, the defendant identified his bedroom in the apartment as being the most northern bedroom in the two bedroom apartment. Pursley was advised of his Miranda rights and confessed to all items located in this room and several additional items located on the dining room table and in the kitchen.

The following items were located in the defendant’s room and throughout the apartment, and he admitted possession:

1) Approximately 35 grams of cocaine packed in separate bags
2) 1 gm MDMA (Ecstacy) inside a small ziplock bag
3) Approximately 2 gm of cannabis & a digital scale
4) A loaded Glock 27 with (12) .40 caliber rounds
5) $8,680 in cash

Pursley further admitted to possessing the firearm for protection due to his illegal enterprise. Additionally, he admitted to selling and using cocaine.

Charles Edward Pursley’s charges include Cocaine – Trafficking 28 Gr to <150 KG, Controlled Substance - Poss WO Prescription, Marijuana - Possession <20 Gr, and Use Display Weapon During Commission Felony or Under Indictment.His bond is set at $49,000.

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Scott Lee travels between Brevard County and Indian River County and has been writing for various publications for approximately 30 years. Lee also writes for Sebastian Daily covering Vero Beach and Florida news. Currently, he covers Palm Bay, West Melbourne, and the Melbourne area.
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