FDLE and deputies make cocaine trafficking arrest in Gadsden County

The press release says deputies from Gadsden, Leon and Jackson counties and FDLE agents...
The press release says deputies from Gadsden, Leon and Jackson counties and FDLE agents arrested Michael Jerome Hatten on charges of trafficking in cocaine and unlawful use of a two-way communications device.(Gadsden County Jail)
Published: Jul. 6, 2022 at 4:24 PM EDT|Updated: Jul. 6, 2022 at 10:12 PM EDT
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GADSDEN COUNTY, Fla. (WCTV) - The Florida Department of Law Enforcement says it teamed up with sheriff’s deputies from several counties when it arrested a Quincy man for trafficking cocaine on Tuesday.

The press release says deputies from Gadsden, Leon and Jackson counties and FDLE agents arrested Michael Jerome Hatten on charges of trafficking in cocaine and unlawful use of a two-way communications device.

The FDLE says Hatten’s arrest was the result of its joint investigation with LCSO and GCSO, which started in March 2021.

“Leon County’s involvement came as part of the North Florida High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA) Task Force,” the press release says. “The joint investigation centered on narcotics activities in Gadsden and Leon counties.”

Hatten was booked into the Gadsden County Jail.

An FDLE spokesperson told WCTV “we know of no connection” between Hatten and recent fentanyl-related drug overdose deaths and hospitalizations in Gadsden County.

“This case has nothing to do with the fentanyl,” Hatten’s attorney Tim Jansen said. “The dates of offense precede the investigation surrounding fentanyl.”

Court records show the cocaine charges against Hatten stem from more than a year ago, between December 21, 2020 and January 29, 2021.

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