36 Arrested In Brevard County Drug Ring Sweep

Brevard County Sheriff's Office Drug Ring Sweep

BREVARD COUNTY, Florida – The Brevard County Sheriff’s Office arrested 36 people suspected of participating in a drug ring that distributed heroin and cocaine in Cocoa, Merritt Island, and Cape Canaveral.

Early Thursday morning, Sheriff’s Agents with the Special Investigations Unit, Fugitive Unit and GameOver Task Force spread across Brevard County to arrest 36 suspected members of a criminal organization distributing illicit drugs.

Arrest warrants were issued by Circuit Court Judge Robert Segal for each of the 36 suspects who have been identified throughout the course of the investigation as the alleged sources and distributors of these deadly drugs.

“As you are aware our agency will do everything possible to rid our community of these deadly drugs and those that are responsible for the distribution,” Brevard County Sheriff Wayne Ivey said in a Facebook post.

“Investigations of this magnitude are difficult and are the result of incredible efforts by all involved. I would like to personally thank our State Attorney Phil Archer and his team for their outstanding participation and support during the conduct of this investigation and also the amazing members of our Special Investigations Unit that work tirelessly each day to keep our community safe!!”

Anyone who may have additional information about the whereabouts of these individuals is asked to please call the Brevard County Sheriff’s Office Special Investigations Unit at 321-633-1216, or CRIMELINE at 1-800-423-TIPS (8477).

All calls to CRIMELINE are confidential and the caller may remain anonymous and may be eligible for a reward.

The following suspects are still fugitives of justice: Richard Bennett, Bryan Clements, Robert Plummer, Maurice Reddick, Mark Tarlowski, Daquiri White and Jermel Wiggins.

The defendants are facing charges that range from Conspiracy and Trafficking in Heroin and Cocaine to Racketeering Influenced and Corrupt Organization (RICO).

These charges bring penalties upon conviction of three to twenty-five years in prison.

The Brevard County Sheriff’s Office identified the organizational leaders as:

Johntavious Green, 41, Cocoa, Florida

Investigators say that Green was a major source of supply for Heroin and Cocaine in the Cocoa area. Green was involved in the purchase and sale of Cocaine and Heroin to Kenneth Melendez for distribution in Cape Canaveral.

Previous Criminal History: (Probation ref Possession of a Controlled Substance – DPE 5/23/20). Possession Cocaine w/Intent to Purchase; Traffic in Cocaine; Evidence Destroying; Possession of Drug Paraphernalia; Resisting w/out Violence; Resisting Arrest with Violence; Possession of Controlled Substance; Reckless Driving; Hit & Run; DWLS;

Current Charges: Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organization (RICO), Conspiracy to Traffic Heroin 28 Grams to 30 Kilograms (6 Counts), Conspiracy to Traffic Heroin 14-28 Grams, Conspiracy to Traffic Heroin 4-14 Grams (2 Counts), Manufacturing Cocaine, Sale of Cocaine (6 Counts), Sale of Heroin (4 Counts), Conspiracy to Traffic Cocaine 200-400 Grams (14 Counts), Conspiracy to Traffic Cocaine 28-200 Grams (4 Counts), Conspiracy to Sell Cocaine (3 Counts), Conspiracy to Possess Heroin (11 Counts), Conspiracy to Possess Cocaine (81 Counts), Unlawful Use of a Two Way Communication Device (106 Counts), Violation of Felony Probation,
Bond: None

Kenneth Melendez, 34, Cape Canaveral, Florida

Investigators say that Kenneth Melendez was the source of supply for Cocaine and Heroin to the Cape Canaveral area.

Previous Criminal History: Battery LEO; Possession Marijuana w/Intent to Sell; Resisting Officer with Violence; Possession Cocaine w/Intent to Sell; Possession Drug Paraphernalia; Evidence Destroying; Kidnapping-False Imprisonment; Aggravated Battery; Agg Stalking; Possession of Weapon of Mass Destruction; DWLS; Robbery w/Firearm; Agg Assault w/Deadly Weapon w/Out Intent to Kill; Resisting Arrest without Violence; Possession Weapon by Convicted Felon; Sale of Marijuana; Sale of Cocaine; Burglary w/Assault; Solicitation of Prostitution; Battery-DV; Possession Controlled Substance; False ID Given to LEO

Current Charges: Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organization (RICO), Conspiracy to Traffic Heroin (4-14 Grams), Manufacturing Cocaine, Sale of Cocaine (6 Counts), Sale of Heroin (4 Counts), Sale of Fentanyl (2 Counts), Solicitation to Sell Cocaine (25 Counts), Solicitation to Sell Heroin (10 Counts), Possession of Firearm by Convicted Felon, Possession of Cocaine (6 Counts), Possession of Heroin (4 Counts), Possession of Fentanyl (2 Counts), Conspiracy to Possess Cocaine (41 Counts), Conspiracy to Possess Heroin (13 Counts), Unlawful Use of a Two Way Communication Device (61 Counts), Bond: $1,722,000

Below is a listing of all defendants identified during the investigation along with their charges.

Drug Organization Suspects:

Tabitha Beedy, 32, Cape Canaveral, Florida Charges: Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organization (RICO), Conspiracy to Possess Cocaine (6 Counts), Conspiracy to Possess Heroin, Unlawful Use of a Two Way Communication Device (6 Counts),Bond: $ 385,000

Richard Bennet, 26, Cocoa, Florida Charges:Solicitation to Sell Cocaine (2 Counts), Solicitation to Sell Heroin (2 Counts), Conspiracy to Possess Cocaine (2 Counts), Conspiracy to Possess Heroin (2 Counts), Unlawful Use of a Two Way Communication Device (4 Counts), Bond: $100,000

Janet Biery, 56, Cocoa Beach, Florida Charges: Solicitation to Sell Heroin (2 Counts), Conspiracy to Possess Heroin (2 Counts), Unlawful use of a Two-Way Communications Device (2 Counts), Bond: $17,000

Robert Blanco, 28, Cocoa, Florida Charges:Solicitation to Sell Cocaine (4 Counts), Conspiracy to Possess Cocaine (4 Counts), Unlawful Use of a Two Way Communication Device (4 Counts)), Bond: $68,000

Ghauquan Clark, 29, Cocoa, Florida Charges: Solicitation to Sell Cocaine, Conspiracy to Possess Cocaine, Unlawful Use of a Two Way Communication Device, Bond: $17,000

Bryan Clements, 32, Rockledge, Charges: Solicitation to Sell Heroin and Unlawful Use of a Two-Way Communication Device, Bond: $22,000

Rayshon Davis, 31, Rockledge, Charges: Solicitation to Sell Cocaine (3 Counts), Conspiracy to Possess Cocaine (3 Counts), Unlawful Use of a Two Way Communication Device (4 Counts), VOP, Bond: None

Rontra Flowers, 45, Cocoa, Florida Charges: Solicitation to Sell Cocaine (10 Counts), Conspiracy to Possess Cocaine (10 Counts), Unlawful Use of a Two Way Communication Device (10 Counts), Bond: $170,000

Lisa Frontero, 54, Cocoa Beach, Florida Charges: Solicitation to Sell Cocaine (2 Counts), Conspiracy to Possess Cocaine (2 Counts), Unlawful Use of a Two Way Communication Device (3 Counts), Bond: $36,000

Linfert Gipson, 53, Cocoa, Florida Charges: Solicitation to Sell Cocaine (3 Counts), Solicitation to Sell Heroin, Conspiracy to Possess Cocaine (3 Counts), Conspiracy to Possess Heroin, Unlawful Use of a Two Way Communication Device (5 Counts),Bond: $85,000

Ricky Gordon, 31, Rockledge, Charges: Solicitation to Sell Cocaine, Conspiracy to Possess Cocaine (2 Counts), Unlawful Use of a Two Way Communication Device (2 Counts), Bond: $24,000

Randolph Harmon, 60, Cape Canaveral, Florida Charges: Solicitation to Sell Cocaine, Solicitation to Sell Heroin, Conspiracy to Possess Cocaine, Conspiracy to Possess Heroin, Unlawful Use of a Two Way Communication Device (2 Counts), Bond: $34,000

Jermaine Jackson, 44, Cocoa, Florida Charges: Solicitation to Sell Cocaine, Unlawful Use of a Two Way Communication Device, Bond: $12,000

Patrick Jordan, 42, Cocoa, Florida Charges: Solicitation to Sell Cocaine (2 Counts), Conspiracy to Possess Cocaine (2 Counts), Unlawful Use of a Two Way Communication Device (4 Counts), Bond: $38,000

Kimberly Kelley, 40, Cape Canaveral, Florida Charges: Solicitation to Sell Cocaine (4 Counts), Solicitation to Sell Heroin, Conspiracy to Possess Cocaine (4 Counts), Conspiracy to Possess Heroin, Unlawful Use of a Two Way Communication Device (5 Counts), Violation of Felony Probation, Bond: None

Paul Lapierre, 55, Merritt Island, Florida Charges: Solicitation to Sell Cocaine (2 Counts), Conspiracy to Possess Cocaine (2 Counts), Unlawful Use of a Two Way Communication Device (5 Counts), Bond: $40,000

Dale Mattingly, 54, Cape Canaveral, Florida Charges: Solicitation to Sell Cocaine (2 Counts), Conspiracy to Possess Cocaine, Unlawful Use of a Two Way Communication Device (3 Counts), Bond: $31,000

Donovan Mitchell, 61, Cocoa, Florida Charges: Solicitation to Sell Cocaine (4 Counts), Conspiracy to Possess Cocaine (4 Counts), Unlawful Use of a Two Way Communication Device (4 Counts), Bond: $47,000

Nancy O’Quinn, 64, Cocoa Beach, Florida Charges: Solicitation to Sell Cocaine, Conspiracy to Possess Cocaine, Unlawful Use of a Two Way Communication Device, Bond: $17,000

Robert Plummer, 27, Cocoa, Florida Charges: Solicitation to Sell Cocaine, Conspiracy to Possess Cocaine, Unlawful Use of a Two Way Communication Device, Bond: $17,000

Maurice Reddick, 37, Cocoa, Florida Charges: Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organization, Conspiracy to Traffic Cocaine 200-400 grams, Conspiracy to Traffic Cocaine 28-200 grams (2 counts), Conspiracy to Sell Cocaine (4 counts), Unlawful Use of a Two Way Communication Device (6 counts), Bond: $452,000

Ricky Reddick, 39, Cocoa, Florida Charges:Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organization (RICO), Conspiracy to Traffic Heroin (4-14 Grams), Conspiracy to Sell Heroin, Solicitation to Sell Cocaine (7 counts), Conspiracy to Possess Cocaine (7 counts), Unlawful Use of a Two Way Communication Device (10 counts), Bond: $375,000

Jinnifer Smiley, 53, Cape Canaveral, Florida Charges: Solicitation to Sell Cocaine (2 Counts), Conspiracy to Possess Cocaine (2 Counts), Unlawful Use of a Two Way Communication Device (2 Counts), Bond: $34,000

Justin Stiggons, 39, Titusville, Charges: Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organization (RICO), Conspiracy to Traffic Cocaine 28-200 Grams, Solicitation to Sell Cocaine (4 Counts), Conspiracy to Possess Cocaine (4 Counts), Unlawful Use of a Two Way Communication Device (5 Counts), Bond: $270,000

Brenda Swain, 62, Cape Canaveral, Florida Charges: Solicitation to Sell Cocaine, Conspiracy to Possess Cocaine, Unlawful Use of a Two Way Communication Device (2 Counts), Bond: $19,000

Mark Tarlowski, 52, Cape Canaveral, Florida Charges: Solicitation to Sell Cocaine, Solicitation to Sell Heroin, Conspiracy to Possess Cocaine, Conspiracy to Possess Heroin, Unlawful Use of a Two Way Communication Device, Bond: $68,000

James Thistle Jr., 31, Merritt Island, Florida Charges: Solicitation to Sell Cocaine (2 Counts), Conspiracy to Possess Cocaine, Unlawful Use of a Two Way Communication Device (2 Counts), Bond: $29,000

Dwan Thomas III, 33, Merritt Island, Florida Charges: Conspiracy to Traffic Cocaine (28-200 Grams), Solicitation to Sell Cocaine (5 Counts), Conspiracy to Possess Cocaine (4 Counts), Unlawful Use of a Two Way Communication Device (6 Counts), Bond: $182,000

Matthew Vansyckle Jr., 27, Rockledge, Charges: Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organization (RICO), Conspiracy to Possess Heroin (6 Counts), Unlawful Use of a Two Way Communication Device (6 Counts), Bond: $172,000

Daquiri White, 38, Titusville, Charges:Solicitation to Sell Cocaine (3 Counts), Conspiracy to Possess Cocaine (3 Counts), Unlawful Use of a Two Way Communication Device (3 Counts), Bond: $34,000

Jermel Wiggins, 35, Cocoa, Florida Charges: Solicitation to Sell Cocaine (2 Counts), Conspiracy to Possess Cocaine (2 Counts), Unlawful Use of a Two Way Communication Device (2 Counts), Bond: $34,000

Keaton Williams, 23, Cape Canaveral, Florida Charges: Solicitation to Sell Cocaine (2 Counts), Solicitation to Sell Heroin, Conspiracy to Possess Cocaine (2 Counts), Conspiracy to Possess Heroin, Unlawful Use of a Two Way Communication Device (4 Counts), Bond: $68,000

Steven Wolfe, 58, Cape Canaveral, Florida Charges: Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organization (RICO), Conspiracy to Possess Cocaine (6 Counts), Conspiracy to Possess Heroin, Unlawful Use of a Two Way Communication Device (6 Counts), Bond: $152,000