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Alleged drug bust leads to arrest of Lehigh man, another

September 22, 2017
Special to THE CITIZEN ( , Lehigh Acres Citizen

A Lehigh Acres resident and another man are facing charges following a reported drug bust.

At about noon Sept. 14, the Fort Myers Police Department responded to 2215 Winkler Ave. about the theft of a tire. The victim reported that the left front tire of her 2014 Toyota was stolen, along with the rim, the hubcap and lug nuts, while it was parked behind her place of employment.

The victim's children reported that they had witnessed another Toyota with a donut spare tire parked next to their mother's vehicle and two man were standing next to it, with one holding a lug wrench/tire iron. About 10 minutes later, they noticed that the second Toyota and their mother's tire were gone.

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Edey Emmanuel Cardenas

Police, along with the National Guard, came upon a 2016 Toyota with two men and a girl standing outside of it. There was a tire jack on the ground and a driver's side tire did not have a hub cap on it.

The individuals were identified as Edey Emmanuel Cardenas, 20, of 3714 2nd St. W., and Sean Christopher Russette, 24, of 5510 S.W. Fifth Place, Apt. 306, Fort Myers. The girl was a juvenile.

A search of the vehicle revealed two boxes of ammunition, suspected drug paraphernalia, digital scales, 47.1 grams of marijuana in various baggies and 364.1 grams of methamphetamine in crystalize rock form and individually packaged orange baggies, according to police.

"The street value of the methamphetamine alone is estimated to be over $14,000," said Sgt. Lesa Breneman said. "We believe it is the largest amount of meth ever confiscated by the FMPD."

Cardenas and Russette were placed under arrest and transported to the Fort Myers Police Department, then later to the Lee County Jail. The juvenile was released from the scene to her grandmother.

Source: Fort Myers Police Department



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