Sheriff Wayne Ivey…Promises Made, Promises Kept! Major Drug Organization Dismantled, Expert Testimony On Capitol Hill
By Space Coast Daily // October 6, 2020
Sheriff Ivey called to Washington DC to testify before the House Oversight Committee on ways to combat the opioid epidemic in our country
SPACE COAST DAILY TV BREAKING CRIME NEWS: Brevard County Sheriff Wayne Ivey and Governor Ron DeSantis are holding a Press Conference to speak about the culmination of one of the biggest drug busts in Brevard County history. Joining the Sheriff and Governor is Florida First Lady Casey DeSantis, Attorney General Ashley Moody and Brevard/Seminole County State Attorney Phil Archer.
PROMISES MADE, PROMISES KEPT: Throughout his time as Sheriff, Wayne Ivey and the incredible men and women of the Brevard County Sheriff’s Office have worked tirelessly to fight the opioid epidemic that plagues our country! From working to arrest those who prey upon the addictions of others by selling poison on our streets to working at the state and national level to change laws and fight for compassionate treatment of those addicted, Sheriff Wayne Ivey has been getting it done!
Members of the Brevard County Sheriff’s Office continue to aggressively dismantle major drug organizations with one investigation arresting over 100 drug traffickers and dealers who collectively possessed and sold pounds of heroin, crystal meth, and enough fentanyl to kill every citizen in Brevard County.
Additionally, Sheriff Ivey was called to Washington DC to testify before the House Oversight Committee on ways to combat the opioid epidemic in our country! During his testimony, which can be seen below, Sheriff Ivey was specifically requested to testify due to his expertise, 40 years of law enforcement experience and innovative programs designed to combat dangerous narcotics and remove dangerous predators from our communities!
Sheriff Ivey… Promises Made and Promises Kept!
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SPACE COAST DAILY TV: Brevard County Sheriff Wayne Ivey testified on Capitol Hill about President Donald Trump’s response to the drug crisis in the United States. Sheriff Ivey was called to Washington DC to testify before the House Oversight Committee on ways to combat the opioid epidemic in our country. During his testimony, which can be seen below, Sheriff Ivey was specifically requested to testify due to his expertise, 40 years of law enforcement experience and innovative programs designed to combat dangerous narcotics and remove dangerous predators from our communities!
BREVARD COUNTY, FLORIDA (May 10, 2019) – The Brevard County Sheriff’s Office culminated a multi-month investigation into the distribution of Heroin, Fentanyl and Methamphetamine.
According to Brevard County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Tod Goodyear, Sheriff’s Agents with the Special Investigations Unit, Fugitive Unit and Game Over Task Force spread across Brevard County early Wednesday morning to arrest 100 members of a criminal organization distributing kilogram quantities of the illicit drugs.
Arrest warrants were issued for each of the 100 suspects who have been identified throughout the course of the investigation as sources or distributors of these deadly drugs.
“Arrests and search warrants were authorized by the Honorable Circuit Court Judge James H. Earp and are the culmination of a cooperative partnership between the Sheriff’s Office, the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, the Brevard/Seminole State Attorney’s Office and the United States Attorney’s Office,” said Goodyear.
Opiate addiction is not unique to Brevard County and is a nationwide epidemic.
WATCH: Dozens of “perps” were arrested Wednesday by the Brevard County Sheriff’s Office after culminating a multi-month investigation into the distribution of Heroin, Fentanyl and Methamphetamine.
The illegal distribution of Opiates in Brevard County has led to ever-increasing numbers of addiction-related overdose deaths. Medical Examiner records reflect that 650 people have died from Opiate-related overdose deaths in the past ten years.
“During the past two years, 172 deaths are attributed to Opiate-related overdoses,” said Goodyear.
“Many of these deaths are directly related to Fentanyl, a powerful opioid that is 50 to 100 times more potent than Morphine and 30 to 50 times more potent than Heroin. Fentanyl can be a threat to anyone who comes into contact with it as it can be absorbed through the skin or accidentally inhaled.
“Sadly, investigations have found that Fentanyl is becoming dominant in the opioid markets because it is being used to lace a variety of other drugs such as, Heroin, Methamphetamine and Cocaine, due to the high degree of addictiveness, which creates a larger opioid dependent clientele base.”
SPECIAL INVESTIGATION FOCUSED ON DISRUPTING SOURCES OF DRUGS
Sheriff’s Agents with the Special Investigations Unit conducted the investigation that focused on the organization that was involved in obtaining large quantities of the drugs and from outside the county and then distributing the drugs throughout Brevard County.
The investigation was aimed at disrupting the sources of dangerous opiate drugs that are critically impacting our county and nation.
Seized during the investigation to date are 75 firearms, nine pounds of Methamphetamine with a value of $81,000, Heroin, and three pounds of Fentanyl with a value of $100,000.
The amount of Fentanyl seized as of today is of particular importance, as DEA estimates there are over 500,000 lethal doses by dividing the seized Fentanyl by a typically lethal dose amount.
The Drug Enforcement Administration estimates a 2-milligram dose is lethal for most people. What was seized to date is enough to kill every single resident of Brevard County.
Several of the suspects arrested Wednesday were arrested previously in this investigation for drug-related charges and were released after posting lowered bonds.
Megan Wilborn was arrested on April 4, 2019, for Trafficking Methamphetamine, Trafficking Fentanyl and Possession of a Controlled Substance without a Prescription.
She was released on April 6, 2019, after her bond was lowered from No Bond to $32,000.
Brandon Huff was also arrested on April 4, 2019, for trafficking Heroin and was released on April 7, 2019, after his bond was lowered from No Bond to $35,000. The investigation determined that Huff continued to traffic amounts of Heroin within hours after his release.
The defendants, in this case, are facing charges that range from Conspiracy and Trafficking in Heroin, Fentanyl and Methamphetamine to Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organization (RICO).
These charges bring penalties upon conviction of three to twenty-five years in prison.
ORGANIZATIONAL LEADERS ARE IDENTIFIED AS:
BRANDON HUFF: The investigation determined that Huff, 35, Cocoa, was a source of supply for heroin and methamphetamine.
Huff was involved in the purchase and redistribution of kilogram amounts of Methamphetamine and multi-ounce amounts of Heroin.
Previous Criminal History: Battery-DV; Grand Theft; Possession Controlled Substance; Aggravated Assault; Trafficking Stolen Property.
Current Charges: Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organization (RICO), Conspiracy to Traffic Methamphetamine (More than 200 Grams) (2 Counts), Conspiracy to Traffic Methamphetamine (28-200 Grams) (4 Counts), Conspiracy to Traffic Methamphetamine (14-28 Grams) (4 Counts), Conspiracy to Traffic Heroin (28 or more Grams), Conspiracy to Traffic Heroin (14-28 Grams), Conspiracy to Traffic Heroin (4-14 Grams) (5 Counts), Conspiracy to Possess Heroin (34 Counts), Conspiracy to Possess Methamphetamine (7 Counts), Conspiracy to Sell Heroin, Trafficking Controlled Substance (Fentanyl) and Unlawful Use of a Two-Way Communication Device (51 Counts), Bond: $2,547,000
JONATHAN WALKER: The investigation determined Walker, 42, was a source of supply for Methamphetamine and Fentanyl.
Agents were able to successfully interdict Walker returning to Brevard County with a kilogram of Fentanyl.
Previous Criminal History: Attempted Felony Murder; Armed Robbery; Possession Firearm during Commission of Felony; Aggravated Assault with Firearm; Felony Battery; Resisting without Violence; Possession of Marijuana.
Current Charges: Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organization (RICO), Trafficking in Fentanyl more than 28g, Conspiracy to Traffic Methamphetamine 28-200g (4 Counts) and Unlawful Use of a Two Way Communication Device (5 counts), Bond: $910,000
MEGAN WILBORN: The investigation determined that Wilborn, 31, was at the top of the drug trafficking organization.
Wilborn was found to be the main source of supply, purchasing and redistributing multiple kilograms levels of Methamphetamine, along with amounts of Heroin, Fentanyl and Cocaine.
Criminal History: Possession Cocaine with Intent to Sell; Possession Controlled Substance with Intent to Sell; Possession Marijuana over 20g; Carrying Concealed Weapon; Possession Oxycodone; Possession Methamphetamine over 14g; Trafficking in Heroin.
Current Charges: Racketeer Influenced Corrupt Organization (RICO), Conspiracy to Traffic Methamphetamine (200 grams or more) (6 counts), Trafficking Methamphetamine (14 grams or more), Conspiracy to Traffic Heroin (28 grams or more), Conspiracy to Sell Heroin, Conspiracy to Possess Heroin, Trafficking Heroin (4 grams to 30 grams), Use of a Two-Way Communication Device (7 counts), Bond: $906,000.
ADDITIONAL DRUG ORGANIZATION SUSPECTS
The Sheriff’s Office is still seeking the following suspects, if you have any information relating to their location please call the BCSO Fugitive Unit at 321-633-1227 or CRIMELINE at 1-800-423-TIPS(8477):
Kyle Anderson 29, Cocoa; William Baxter 51, Cape Canaveral; Kory Bencivenga 44, Satellite Beach; Ashley Benson 25, Palm Bay; Jeffrey Black 39, Merritt Island; Christopher Booth 32, Melbourne; Joseph Burton 38, Cocoa; Aaron Bush 40, Cocoa; Wendy Cogan 23, Titusville; Levi Collins 40, Cocoa Beach; Jason Cripps 41, Cocoa; Jaime Edgar 43, Titusville; Cecil Francis 41, Cocoa; Brandon Graybill 34, Palm Bay; William Henehan 38, Melbourne; Dara Jones 35, Merritt Island; Carl King 25, Palm Bay; Scott Lannon 43, Cocoa; Ann Mackey 47, Cocoa; Ryan Malley 39, Merritt Island; Carl McClintock 45, Merritt Island; Matthew McFadden 30, Merritt Island; James McNeely 38, Cocoa; Hubertus Mink 35, Rockledge; Greg O’Leary Jr. 34, Mims; Camron Palmer 47, Merritt Island; Rochelle Pittman 41, Cocoa; Michelle Rodeghier 42, Cocoa; Glenn Sadowski 53, Cocoa Beach; Nathan Scales 30, Melbourne; Christin Schill-Wehmanen 28, Cocoa; Mark Swaim 31, Merritt Island; Ashley Sweeney 32, Cocoa; Freddy Townsend 39, Palm Bay; Robert Walls 36, Cocoa; Desirae White 25, Cocoa; Rudy Wilson 45, Merritt Island; Nicholas Witt 37, Titusville.
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