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8 Jul 2014

FMPD Arrests 11 in Drug Roundup, 14 More Sought

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The Fort Myers Police Department’s Special Investigations Group with assistance from the Violent Crimes Task Force, Community Policing Officers, Public Housing Officers and uniformed patrol conducted a “roundup” of suspected drug dealers on July 3, 2014. During the three-month operation detectives targeted various areas within the city to include North, Central and Dunbar Districts. Detectives were assisted by community support after receiving numerous calls in reference to open air drug sales in their neighborhood. 

Undercover drug purchases were made from 25 suspected drug dealers resulting in over 75 felony charges. Many had sold to undercover detectives multiple times and in some instances sales took place within 1000’ of schools and parks. “The persistence of our narcotics team along with community tips helped us identify a large number of drug dealers operating in our communities,” said Police Spokesman Lieutenant Victor Medico.     

The following (11) suspects have been located thus far:

1. Roger Dewayne Jones (d.o.b. 07/14/1985 of Fort Myers) 
1 count sale of cocaine within 1000’ of a school, 1 count possession of cocaine
                                                
2. Thunda Nathaniel Strawder ( d.o.b. 09/27/1992 of Fort Myers) 
1 count sale of marijuana within 1000’ of a school, 1 count possession of marijuana
                                    
3. Sharama Dashay Merricks (d.o.b. 12/21/1991 of Fort Myers)
1 count sale of cocaine within 1000’ of a school, 1 count possession of cocaine
1 count sale of marijuana within 1000’ of a school, 1 count possession of marijuana
            
4. Tony Bernard Price (d.o.b. 01/24/1967 of  Fort Myers)
2 counts sale of marijuana within 1000’ of a school, 2 counts possession of marijuana
                                                
5. Tiffany Danielle Coleman (d.o.b. 05/04/1971 of Fort Myers)
1 count sale of cocaine within 1000’ of a school, 1 count possession of cocaine
                                    
6. Darrell Lorenzo Howard (d.o.b. 01/26/1963 of  Fort Myers)
2 counts sale of cocaine within 1000’ of a school, 2 counts possession of cocaine
                                                
7. Kyle Lee Erwin (d.o.b. 06/12/1982 of Fort Myers)
2 counts sale of cocaine within 1000’ of a park, 2 counts possession of cocaine
                                               
8. Carl Vernon Johnson (d.o.b. 05/26/1960 of Fort Myers) 
1 count sale of cocaine, 1 count possession of cocaine

9. Edwina Marie Churchwell (d.o.b. 02/27/1953 of Fort Myers)
Possession of cocaine with intent to sell

10. Warrick Lashawn Levy (d.o.b. 11/15/1973 of Fort Myers)
Possession of cocaine with intent to sell
                                               
11. Jamaal Antwan Baez (d.o.b. 10/27/1983 of Fort Myers)
2 counts sale of cocaine, 2 counts possession of cocaine


Detectives and officers will continue their efforts to locate the remaining 14 suspects.


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