Cocoa Police Operation ‘Harvest Moon’ Nets Thousands In Cash, Drugs, Firearms

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Agents with the Cocoa Police Special Investigations Unit arrested nearly 40 suspects and seized approximately $10,000 in cash along with trafficking amounts of narcotics in a two month long investigation dubbed Operation “Harvest Moon.”

Agents with the Cocoa Police Special Investigations Unit arrested nearly 40 suspects and seized approximately $10,000 in cash along with trafficking amounts of narcotics in a two month long investigation dubbed Operation “Harvest Moon.” (Cocoa Police image)

Operation “Harvest Moon” netted approximately 40 arrests, 13 firearms, trafficking amounts of heroin, cocaine, marijuana and oxycodone along with several vehicles and the cash proceeds of the illegal drug distribution.

BREVARD COUNTY • COCOA, FLORIDA – Agents with the Cocoa Police Special Investigations Unit arrested nearly 40 suspects and seized approximately $10,000 in cash along with trafficking amounts of narcotics in a two month long investigation dubbed Operation “Harvest Moon.”

According to Yvonne Martinez, Cocoa Police Public Information Officer, many of the suspects are considered some of the most violent drug dealers in the area, and if convicted, could face more than 20 years in prison.

Operation “Harvest Moon” began in early October as agents began gathering evidence regarding illegal drug trafficking in various sectors of the city.

The operation culminated late Wednesday night with the arrest of a suspect identified as 22-year-old Antario McCoy.

Antario McCoy

Antario McCoy

SIU agents arrested McCoy for possession of heroin with intent to sell, possession of cocaine with intent to sell, possession of marijuana less than 20 grams, and aggravated battery on a law enforcement officer.

As the agents attempted to make the arrest, the suspect rammed the police vehicle in an attempt to flee. McCoy was later taken into custody without further incident and no one was injured.

“This suspect has a lengthy criminal history involving violent crimes,” said Chief Mike Cantaloupe.

“Hopefully this arrest will yield a more lengthy prison sentence so he will no longer be a threat in our community.”

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Operation “Harvest Moon” began in early October as agents began gathering evidence regarding illegal drug trafficking in various sectors of the city. (Cocoa Police image)

Another suspect taken into custody as a result of the operation was 26-year-old Tracy Boother Jr. Boother is facing felony charges involving possession of cocaine with intent to sell, use of a weapon in the commission of a felony, and various other drug related crimes.

According to Martinez, he holds a concealed carry permit which authorities are attempting to invalidate with the pending charges.

Michael Cantaloupe

Michael Cantaloupe

“Our agents are working aggressively at eliminating this type of activity in our community,” Chief Cantaloupe added.

“We have zero tolerance for this type of activity in our city. This operation will have a significant impact in reducing the illegal drug trafficking in our neighborhoods and the violent crimes that are associated with it.”

The Special Investigations Unit is tasked with identifying persons involved in vice and narcotic related crimes including gambling, prostitution, drug trafficking and the crimes associated with this illegal activity.

Operation “Harvest Moon” netted approximately 40 arrests, 13 firearms, trafficking amounts of heroin, cocaine, marijuana and oxycodone along with several vehicles and the cash proceeds of the illegal drug distribution.

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Agents with the Cocoa Police Special Investigations Unit arrested nearly 40 suspects and seized approximately $10,000 in cash along with trafficking amounts of narcotics in a two month long investigation dubbed Operation “Harvest Moon.” (Cocoa Police image)

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Agents with the Cocoa Police Special Investigations Unit arrested nearly 40 suspects and seized approximately $10,000 in cash along with trafficking amounts of narcotics in a two month long investigation dubbed Operation “Harvest Moon.” (Cocoa Police image)

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Agents with the Cocoa Police Special Investigations Unit arrested nearly 40 suspects and seized approximately $10,000 in cash along with trafficking amounts of narcotics in a two month long investigation dubbed Operation “Harvest Moon.” (Cocoa Police image)

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Agents with the Cocoa Police Special Investigations Unit arrested nearly 40 suspects and seized approximately $10,000 in cash along with trafficking amounts of narcotics in a two month long investigation dubbed Operation “Harvest Moon.” (Cocoa Police image)


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