Seventeen people are losers in the opening round of the Lee County Sheriff’s Office Operation March Madness.
On March 20, 2014 the Lee County Sheriff’s Office Narcotics Unit, Field Support Unit and West District Community Policing Units concluded a two month long investigation into the Fort Myers Beach area of Lee County. The focus of the operation was for Undercover Narcotic Detectives to make contact with street level drug dealers in and around the Fort Myers Beach area. This time of year, street level drug dealers tend to target out of town spring breakers for drug sales. As a result of today’s events, three (3) search warrants were executed, 12 people have been arrested for drug related charges, with five (5) arrests still pending. Well over a quarter kilogram (12 oz) of cocaine was seized and 2.25 lbs of marijuana was also seized.
Search Warrant: 1113 Albany Avenue, Lehigh Acres
Arrested - Jarell Safford (DOB 01-01-85) for trafficking in cocaine (12 ounces) and Sale and Possession of cocaine.
Search Warrant : 842 South Street, Fort Myers Beach
Arrested – Christopher Hoopingarner (DOB 11-19-90) Two counts of Sale of marijuana, along with Three counts of Possession of marijuana, all within 1000 feet of a public park.
Search Warrant : 16921 Juanita Avenue #, Fort Myers
Arrested – Efrain Martinez (DOB 04-21-87) Two counts of Sale and Possession of Cocaine, Possession of Cocaine.
Roosevelt Jones (DOB 02-13-40) of 16941 Juanita Avenue #B, Fort Myers - Sale and Possession of Cocaine
Wendy Henderson (DOB 11-04-73) of 16930 Juanita Avenue #C, Fort Myers - Sale and Possession of Cocaine
Amy Atkisson (DOB 01-12-68) of 16941 Juanita Avenue #C, Fort Myers - Sale and Possession of Cocaine
Eddrick Knight (DOB 10-08-90) of 16290 Carmen Avenue, Fort Myers - Sale and Possession of Cocaine
Paul Barton (DOB 10-22-72) of 5237 Red Cedar Drive #15, Fort Myers - Sale and Possession of Heroin X2
Joshua Borges (DOB 11-29-92) of 2734 NW 5th Terrace, Cape Coral - Sale and Possession of marijuana
Dylan Smith (DOB 04-12-85) of19630 Huber Road, Fort Myers - Sale and Possession of marijuana
Sharese Bergeron (DOB 09-17-87) of 5603 5th Avenue, Fort Myers - Sale and Possession of Cocaine
Sally Anderson (DOB 10-04-68) of 5629 Tropical Court, Fort Myers - Sale and Possession of Cocaine and Sale and Possession of Heroin
Melissa Harper (DOB 11-24-70) of 16930 Juanita Avenue #A, Fort Myers - Sale and Possession of Cocaine
Rosemarie Derrick (DOB 10-23-63) of 135 Mango Street, Fort Myers - Sale and Possession of Cocaine
Whitney Blanks (DOB 06-06-89) of 3629 Highland Boulevard, Fort Myers - Sale and Possession of Cocaine
Dwayne Thomas (DOB 08-24-79) of1838 Markley Street, Fort Myers - Sale and possession of Heroin and Cocaine
Tara O. Zuniga (DOB 03-10-88) of 11421 Char Ann Drive, Fort Myers - Sale and Possession of Cocaine
Inmate photos and additional information is available on the Sheriff's Office website at www.sheriffleefl.org under the Crime Activity tab. Click the Arrest Search link and enter the individual's name.
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