May 13, 2016

Big Pine Key drug arrest

A search warrant served at a Big Pine Key residence Thursday afternoon resulted in the arrest of a man on drug charges.

The Monroe County Sherriff’s Office HIDTA Unit, assisted by other state and federal agencies, served a narcotics search warrant and three arrest warrants at 31011 Avenue I, Big Pine Key at 2:30 p.m. 49 year old Joseph Anthony Pilotti was  arrested. He was the subject of a lengthy narcotics investigation following complaints from the community and Crime Stoppers tips.

During the course of the investigation, the Monroe County HIDTA Unit conducted a series of cocaine purchases from Pilotti which resulted in the three warrants for the sale and delivery of cocaine.

During the search of Pilotti’s residence Thursday, agents and detectives discovered cocaine in Pilotti’s pants pocket along with cash.  Further search of the residence revealed more cocaine, marijuana, pills, drug paraphernalia, ammunition and $4,795 in cash.

Pilotti was charged with sale of cocaine, possession of cocaine, possession of marijuana under 20 grams, possession of controlled substance without a prescription, possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of ammunition by a convicted felon.

The operation was conducted with assistance from Sheriff’s Special Operations Unit, Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), United States Border Patrol (USBP), Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC), Customs and Border Protection –Air & Marine Operations (CBP-AMO), and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI).

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