February 3, 2012

Detectives arrest wanted fugitive

A man wanted on multiple felony drug related charges was arrested  Thursday in Miami.

A tip came in to Lower Keys detectives that fugitive Ernesto Cabrera-Rodriguez was hiding out in a residence in Miami Dade County. The information was passed along to the Special Investigations Unit. The unit sent narcotics detectives to Miami to coordinate the apprehension with Miami-Dade County Police.

Surveillance was conducted on the residence to confirm he was there; detectives followed him when he left the home, taking him into custody at a nearby shopping center near 184th Avenue and the Florida Turnpike. At the time of his arrest, Cabrera-Rodriguez was in possession of 16 grams of powdered cocaine.

Cabrera-Rodriguez faces charges of failure to appear in court for possession of cocaine and distribution of synthetic narcotics; possession of cocaine, possession of a controlled substance and possession of marijuana; trafficking in oxycodone; sale of oxycodone, sale of cocaine and use of a two way communication device to facilitate a felony.

His girlfriend, Thea Phillips, was with him and was also arrested after 8 grams of marijuana were found in her possession. Detectives say more charges are pending against her.

Both suspects are currently in custody in Miami-Dade County and will be returned to Monroe County to face charges.

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