Vero Beach Police Arrest Man With 74 Packages of Fentanyl

Burnell Heiges Emlet III

Vero Beach Police Officers responded to 16th Street and Old Dixie Highway in reference to an unresponsive motorist at the traffic light. Responding officers arrived on scene and located a white male, later identified as Burnell Heiges Emlet III, slumped behind the wheel of a red Toyota sedan.

Upon making contact with Emlet officers observed signs of intoxication and asked Emlet to exit the vehicle. Upon exiting the vehicle officers observed a bulge under Emlet’s shirt.

When officers inquired about the bulge Emlet stated that he had a concealed pistol under his shirt and that he did not have a concealed weapon permit. Officers subsequently seized an FN semi-automatic pistol which was loaded with 21 live rounds; a computer check revealed that Emlet was a convicted felon.

Emlet submitted to field sobriety exercises and was subsequently placed under arrest for driving under the influence.

A search of Emlet’s person incident to arrest yielded seventy-four (74) individually wrapped packages containing an off-white powder. Special Investigation Unit Detectives responded to the scene to assist. A field test of the off-white powder determined the substance contained Fentanyl. The seventy-four packages of Fentanyl were later weighed as evidence and found to have a total weight of 7.7 grams.


Burnell Heiges, Emlet III, age 32, of 5809 Killarney Avenue, Fort Pierce, FL was arrested and charged with the following offenses:

  • Trafficking in Fentanyl; more than 4 grams
  • Possession of a Firearm by a Convicted Felon
  • Driving Under the Influence
  • Carrying a Concealed Firearm

Emlet was booked at the Vero Beach Police Department and is currently behind held in the custody of the Indian River County Jail with bonds totaling $51,000.00.

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