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 March 30th, 2012  
St. Lucie County Sheriff Mascara announces arrests, seizures of drugs, money and weapons in three recent cases
Sheriff's investigators and members of the U.S. Marshals task force have arrested six people and seized $10,000 worth drugs, more than $17,000 cash, firearms and other items in three cases this week.

Here is a statement from Sheriff Ken J. Mascara:

What you see this morning is the result of three sets of arrests by the Sheriff's Office Special Investigations Unit and, in one case, with the U.S. Marshals task force of which the Sheriff's Office is a member.

All six people arrested are involved with street-level drug dealing, among other illegal activities. All but one (David Vincent Pitts) are affiliated with gangs.

Wednesday, at 406 North 20th Street, Fort Pierce, we arrested Freddy and Allen Perez-mazariegoz. This investigation took one month. These two defendants are suspected members of the Bloods gang. Five guns were seized. Two were stolen.

At the North 20th Street home, we seized 138 grams of marijuana, 27 MDMA (Ecstasy) pills, 5 firearms (and two of them were stolen), as well as ammunition.

Thursday, at 314 North 16th Street, Fort Pierce, we arrested Anthony Lee Walker, Rakad I. El-jechi, and Sable Mercedes Quintero. This investigation took one month. Walker and El-jechi are members of the Nine Tre Gangstas Eastside Boys gang. Quintero is a gang acquaintance.

Seized at the North 16th Street home were 29 grams of cocaine, 4 grams of marijuana, 3 grams of MDMA pills, a loaded .38-caliber pistol, more rounds of ammunition, a digital scale with cocaine and marijuana residue, and approximately $17,000 cash.

Also Thursday, at 1962 Manth Lane, Port St. Lucie (west of the river and north of Port St. Lucie Boulevard), we arrested David Vincent Pitts. He was under investigation for almost a year. He is not a gang member, but admittedly, a former Bloods gang member. Pitts was arrested by the U.S. Marshals task force.

At the Manth Lane home, we seized a marijuana grinder with 31 grams of marijuana, $1,187 in cash, a loaded .38-caliber revolver, a SKS assault rifle with bayonet and a shotgun, both of which were stolen in burglaries in the City of Port St. Lucie, a glass pipe with marijuana residue, 10 grams of crack and powder cocaine, a digital scale with cocaine residue, 52 pills of Oxycodone, and a brown cigar tube containing a small amount of crack cocaine.

As you can see from what was seized, gang members finance their operations with a variety of illegal activities including drug dealing and trafficking in firearms, as well as burglaries and robberies.

I am asking members of the public to help us catch drug dealers and gang members. Report suspicious activity by calling 9-1-1. You can give your crime tips anonymously, and be eligible for a cash reward if your tip leads to an arrest, by calling Treasure Coast Crime Stoppers at 1-800-273-8477 ("TIPS.") You can also give your tip by visiting the Crime Stoppers website, which is "TCWATCH.ORG."

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