May 21, 2011

Detectives arrest 18; wrap up 6 month drug operation


Detectives hold a briefing prior to making 18 arrests on outstanding
drug related warrants on Friday.
A six month long drug investigation targeting drug dealers in Marathon and Big Pine wrapped up Friday, with detectives from the Sheriff’s Special Investigations Division rounding up 18 suspects. More arrests are expected.

Detectives worked a total of 68 investigations during the time period in question, including sale of prescription medications, trafficking in cocaine, crack cocaine and marijuana. They were assisted in the Friday arrests by patrol deputies, investigators from the Sheriff’s HIDTA group, Sheriff’s Corrections staff and agents from the Florida Department of Law Enforcement.

The following people were arrested:

Thomas Patrick Ward, 50, of Marathon
Sale of cocaine
Possession of drug paraphernalia
Bond total $31,000

Andre Kenvis Howard, 28, of Marathon
Two counts of Sale of cocaine
Two counts of using a two way communication device while committing a felony
Bond Total $120,000

Johnnie Leatherwood, 39, of Marathon
Two counts of Sale of cocaine
One count of using a two way communication device while committing a felony
Bond Total $165,000

Timothy Holmes, 48, of Marathon
Sale of cocaine
Bond Total $25,000

Kizmet Yatz Qualla, 37, of Marathon
Two counts of Sale of cocaine
One count of using a two way communication device while committing a felony
Bond $70,000

Clarence Michael Bryant, 49, of Marathon
Two counts of Sale of cocaine
One count of using a two way communication device while committing a felony
Bond Total $62,000

Scott Jerome Baker, 47, of Big Pine Key
Sale of Marijuana
Bond $25,000

Manuel Antonio Artiles, 27, of Marathon
Sale of cocaine
Bond $10,000

Brett Alan Gipson, 54, of Marathon
Sale of cocaine
Bond $50,000

Dywane John Hardge, 34, of Marathon
Two counts of Sale of cocaine and manufacturing
One count of using a two way communication device while committing a felony
Bond $172,000

Irene Hester, 38, of Marathon
Sale of cocaine
One count of using a two way communication device while committing a felony
Bond $52,000

Michael Robert Gunderson, 24, of Big Pine Key
Trafficking of Opium
Contributing to the delinquency of a minor
Bond $40,000

Edward Arthur Brusseau, 45,of Big Pine Key
Two count of Trafficking in cocaine
Bond $200,000

Vanessa Lynne Suarez, 30, of Big Pine Key
Two Counts of sale of Opium
One count of using a two way communication device while committing a felony
Bond $102,000

David Ashley Harris, 39, of Big Pine Key
Sale of cocaine
One count of using a two way communication device while committing a felony
Bond $27,000

David Thomas Blanco, 26, of Big Pine Key
Sale of Opium
Sale of cocaine
One count of using a two way communication device while committing a felony
Bond $107,000

Julio Oscar Sosa, 19, of Big Pine Key
Sale of cocaine
Sale of Opium
Bond $155,000

Daniel Bruce Wiggington, 51, of Big Pine Key
Trafficking in Opium and sale schedule II
One count of using a two way communication device while committing a felony
Bond $99,000



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