St. Lucie County Sheriff Mascara announces results of "Operation Crack Down"
Here is a statement from St. Lucie County Sheriff Ken J. Mascara discussing Operation Crack Down:
Toward the end of 2011, narcotics investigators of the St. Lucie County Sheriff's Office noticed a disturbing rise in street crime and street-level narcotic sales, especially crack cocaine.
Our response was "Operation Crack Down," a proactive effort by the Special Investigations Unit.
Undercover officers posed as street-level narcotics users travelling within known drug abuse areas in northwest Fort Pierce. The goal was to make drug purchases of crack cocaine and other drugs. The 52 dealers they contacted are well known to law officers and often had been arrested for numerous previous drug offenses and violent crimes from misdemeanors to murder.
The drug purchases lead to arrest warrants issued by judges.
As of today Investigators have arrested 40 individuals for a total of 101 charges.
While searching for the 53 narcotic traffickers, we identified and arrested an additional 15 individuals, bringing the arrested total to 53 individuals for a total of 144 charges, so far.
Here are five people we have arrested with the most serious previous arrests:
- Roger Alcott- 10 felony arrests 7 convictions, Homicide Robbery and Weapon Possession, as well as Cocaine and Drug offenses.
- Mc Kinley Parker- 29 Felony arrests 9 convictions, Cocaine and Marijuana Possession.
- Mark Scott- 24 Felony arrests 16 convictions, Cocaine and Marijuana convictions.
- Andraius Grant- 20 Felony arrests 6 convictions, Robbery, Resisting a law officer, Marijuana and Cocaine Possession.
We are still searching for 15 suspected drug traffickers on 35 additional charges. I am asking for the public's help in locating these felons.
Anyone with information on any of these individuals can call 9-1-1 in St. Lucie County. Those who want to give information without giving their names can call Treasure Coast Crime Stoppers at 1-800-273-"TIPS" (8477.) If the information leads to an arrest, you can be eligible for a cash reward. You can also anonymously report information on the Crime Stoppers website, which is tcwatch.org.
The primary goal of the operation was to reduce the availability of crack cocaine in Saint Lucie County. A secondary goal is to gather criminal intelligence from arrestees in an attempt to work our way up the chain, in an attempt to eliminate the larger drug traffickers.
We are hard at work on achieving this goal.
Some people may see drug activity as victimless crime. I disagree. Drug activity destroys lives, degrades neighborhoods and threatens the safety of people who live in areas where drug activity takes place.
During this operation, many residents of northwest Fort Pierce approached me and thanked me for our proactive approach to clean up their streets so they don't have to live in fear.
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