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Operation nets arrests

March 26, 2014
Lehigh Acres Citizen

Seventeen people are losers in the opening round of the Lee County Sheriff's Office Operation March Madness.

On March 20, the LCSO concluded a two-month-long investigation into the Fort Myers Beach area.

The focus of the operation was for undercover detectives to make contact with street level drug dealers in and around the area.

This time of year, street level drug dealers tend to target out of town spring breakers for drug sales.

As a result of recent events, three search warrants were executed, 12 people were arrested for drug related charges, with more arrests pending.

Well over a quarter kilogram - 12 ounces - of cocaine was seized, and 2.25 pounds of marijuana was also seized.

- Search warrant at 1113 Albany Ave.: Jarell Safford, 29, for trafficking in cocaine and sale and possession of cocaine

- Search warrant at 842 S. St., Fort Myers Beach: Christopher Hoopingarner, 23, for two counts of sale of marijuana and three counts of possession of marijuana

- Search warrant at 16921 Juanita Ave., Fort Myers: Efrain Martinez, 26, for two counts of sale and possession of cocaine and possession of cocaine; Roosevelt Jones, 74, of 16941 Juanita Ave., Apt. B, Fort Myers, for sale and possession of cocaine; Wendy Henderson, 40, of 16930 Juanita Ave., Apt. C, Fort Myers, for sale and possession of cocaine; Amy Atkisson, 46, of 16941 Juanita Ave., Apt. C, Fort Myers, for sale and possession of cocaine; Eddrick Knight, 23, of 16290 Carmen Ave., Fort Myers, for sale and possession of cocaine; Paul Barton, 41, of 5237 Red Cedar Drive, Apt. 15, Fort Myers, for two counts of sale and possession of heroin; Joshua Borge, 21, of 2734 N.W. Fifth Terrace, Cape Coral, for sale and possession of marijuana; Dylan Smith, 28, of19630 Huber Road, Fort Myers, for sale and possession of marijuana; Sharese Bergeron, 26, of 5603 Fifth Ave., Fort Myers, for sale and possession of cocaine; and Sally Anderson, 45, of 5629 Tropical Court, Fort Myers, for sale and possession of cocaine and sale and possession of heroin

Charges are pendings for:

- Melissa Harper, 43, of 16930 Juanita Ave., Apt. A, Fort Myers, for sale and possession of cocaine

- Rosemarie Derrick, 50, of 135 Mango St., Fort Myers, for sale and possession of cocaine

- Whitney Blank, 24, of 3629 Highland Blvd., Fort Myers, for sale and possession of cocaine

- Dwayne Thoma, 34, of 1838 Markley St., Fort Myers, for sale and possession of heroin and cocaine

- Tara O. Zuniga, 26, of 11421 Char Ann Drive, Fort Myers, for sale and possession of cocaine

Source:?Lee County Sheriff's Office

 
 

 

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