Two people have been arrested on drug charges and one is still at large in connection with a search warrant served last week on Big Coppitt Key.
The search warrant was the result of an ongoing investigation by Monroe County Sheriff's Office HIDTA detectives, Homeland Security investigations, the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Drug Enforcement Administration.
On December 3rd at 6 a.m. the search warrant was served at 728 Prado Circle on Big Coppitt Key. The search turned up a large amount of marijuana – 479 grams – in the bedroom of 47 year old Michael Graziano, who was not at home at the time the search warrant was served. A small amount of marijuana was found in the bedroom of 54 year old Joseph Clements, who was at home. His girlfriend, 24 year old Taylor Krumenacker, was also on the premises. Clements told investigators cocaine, a small amount of marijuana and drug paraphernalia found in the adjoining bathroom belonged to her. One roommate who was home at the time was not charged in connection with this case.
Clements, who is also known as “Joe Weed”, was found to have numerous ledgers. The ledgers implicate numerous local individuals who are allegedly involved in a large gambling operation. He said he is the person who takes the bets, manages the accounts and collects the debts. He said he is paid a percentage for his work.
The large amount of marijuana found in Graziano’s bedroom was packaged as if for sale. Clements told investigators Graziano travels to Miami on a weekly basis and picks up Marijuana, which he brings back to the Keys for resale. Graziano was arrested on Monday and charged with possession of marijuana with intent to sell and possession of drug paraphernalia.
Clements was arrested today for possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia. At the time of his arrest he was found holding additional ledgers with names and amounts of recent bets.
Investigators currently hold an active warrant for Krumenaker regarding possession of cocaine, marijuana, and drug paraphernalia. She is still at large.
The investigation is continuing into the narcotics and gambling operation and more charges are expected.