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"Operation Grinch" targets drug sales  

The Key West Police Department’s Street Crimes Unit, in responding to numerous complaints from citizens about crack cocaine sales and other quality of life issues in the Bahama Village area, recently concluded “Operation Grinch,” resulting in nine arrests, said Detective Sgt. Bernardo Barrios, the unit’s supervisor.

Detectives began the operation by conducting surveillance and identifying problem areas, followed by undercover purchases of crack cocaine from those areas, Barrios said.

On Nov. 30, Street Crimes Detectives and officers from the Patrol Division began arresting suspects for charges including possession of controlled substances with intent to distribute within 1,000 feet of a church and sales of cocaine within 1,000 feet of a church or public housing, he said. Arrested were: Joseph Manning 39; Sterling Rivers, 18; Clarence Moore, 22; Shimika Clark, 18; Christopher Coleman, 42; and David Karlman, 35. All are from Key West. Barrios said Lamont Thomas, 20, also of Key West, was arrested on Nov. 6 by patrol officers for narcotic-related charges and his warrant was served at the jail.

The Street Crimes Unit, in responding to numerous complaints from citizens about crack cocaine sales and other quality of life issues in the Bahama Village area, conducted “Operation Grinch,” resulting in nine arrests as of last week, said Detective Sgt. Bernardo Barrios, the unit’s supervisor.

Detectives say more arrests stemming from “Operation Grinch” are expected.



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