North Port police employee arrested for drug trafficking

Sarasota County

NORTH PORT, Fla. (WFLA) – A North Port Police Department employee was arrested Monday evening on multiple drug charges.

According to police, 48-year-old Tracy Gold held the position of Forensic Supervisor, a civilian position, since March 2017. An investigation started over the weekend after a fellow employee came forward with concerns.

“We immediately began looking into those concerns and quickly realized we might have a problem here,” said NPPD public information officer Josh Taylor.

Police say Gold has been charged with six felony counts including four counts of possession of a controlled substance and two trafficking charges.

She was at police headquarters when officers found numerous prescription pill bottles in her personal purse and a satchel bag.

“She had bottles in her possession that had other people’s names on it, so those had to come from somewhere. We will figure that out very quickly. We are just not there yet,” said Taylor

Reports show Gold was in possession of 17.8 grams of hydromorphone, 35.0 grams of oxycodone, 19.2 grams hydrocodone among other substances.

Investigators are looking into what Gold was able to access through her position as a supervisor.

“A part of that internal investigation will be like where, how long, how much and hopefully we will be able to solidify that end of it to make sure that this if there’s anything that can be done to make sure that this never happens again,” said Taylor

“Nobody within our agency is above the law. Our promise to this community is to do whatever is necessary to hold everyone accountable for their actions,” North Port Police Chief Todd Garrison said in a press release.

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