Deputies Arrest 10 Suspected Drug Traffickers At Hotel

By  //  January 26, 2013

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Active Warrants Out For Two Other Suspects

Brevard County Sheriff’s Office deputies and agents arrested 10 suspects Friday for drug trafficking and are searching for two more following a month-long investigation at the Econo Lodge Hotel in West Melbourne. (Image courtesy of Brevard County Sheriff’s Office)

 

BREVARD COUNTY • WEST MELBOURNE, FLORIDA – Brevard County Sheriff’s Office deputies and agents executed four search warrants and served nine arrest warrants Friday night following a month-long investigation of drug trafficking at a West Melbourne hotel.

Brevard County Sheriff’s Office Public Information Officer Major Vic DeSantis said that during the month of January, agents of the Sheriff’s Special Investigations Unit with the assistance of the Sheriff’s South Precinct uniform patrol deputies initiated an investigation of street level sales and use of illegal controlled substances at the Econo Lodge at 4455 West New Haven Avenue in West Melbourne.

During the operation, undercover agents were able to purchase illegal controlled substances that included opiate based prescription pills, cocaine base (crack), and marijuana from numerous suspects residing at the motel.

DeSantis said that at about 5 p.m. Friday, two previously identified suspects, Aaron Brantley and William Gentry, attempted to trade a trafficking amount of opiate based prescription pills for a firearm.

Both suspects were immediately taken into custody and simultaneously, Sheriff’s SWAT team members began the execution of search warrants on four rooms at the Econo Lodge.

According to DeSantis, an additional eight suspects who had been identified throughout the course of the investigation were also arrested.

Those arrested included:

Aaron Brantley of 4455 W. New Haven Avenue #185, West Melbourne, 24, was charged with the sale of Oxycodone and attempted armed trafficking and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.

William Ryan Gentry of 4455 W. New Haven #182, West Melbourne, 20, was charged with being principle to attempted armed trafficking.

Steven Ellis of 4455 W. New Haven Ave. #313, West Melbourne, 46, was charged with the sale of Aprazolam and the sale of cocaine.

Ecia Ford of 4455 W. New Haven Ave. #313, West Melbourne, 38, was charged with being principle to the sale of Alprazolam.

Shannon Ballard of 4455 W. New Haven Ave. #326, West Melbourne, 25, was charged with the sale of cocaine.

Ovidio Montilla of 4544 W. New Haven, West Melbourne, 26, was charged with the sale of Hydromorphone.

Travonn Marcus Calvin Street of 4455 W. New Haven Avenue #112, West Melbourne, 21, was charged with the sale of cocaine.

Edward Gandy of 4455 W. New Haven Avenue #315, West Melbourne, 21, was charged with the sale of counterfeit substance and the sale of cocaine.

Charles McCutchen of 4455 W. New Haven Avenue #272, West Melbourne, 47, was charged with the sale of cannabis.

William Dogoda of 4455 W. New Haven Avenue #272, West Melbourne, 53, was charged with the sale of Hydromorphone.

DeSantis said that two additional suspects, Justin Boome of 4455 W. New Haven Avenue, West Melbourne, 34, and Demarcus LaJaun Terrell Mitchell of 2332 Shenandoah Drive, Palm Bay, 20, remain at large.

Both individuals have active warrants for their arrest.

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