Late last night, Key West police intercepted a Greyhound bus with two suspected Miami drug dealers allegedly bringing drugs into town. A third man was wanted on five arrest warrants.
At about 8:30 p.m., Key West police received a tip from the U. S. Drug Enforcement Administration about the trio coming into town on the bus. From the names the DEA provided, police obtained photographs of the suspects. Sgt. J. R. Torres immediately set up an operational plan to intercept the bus, with teams of patrol officers watching at its three stops coming into Key West, plus officers surrounding each location.
At 11:40 p.m., the three got off the bus at the stop by the Gato Building on Simonton Street. Officers immediately stopped two of the suspects, Gayle Whitfield, 18, and Leef Lenor, 24.
A third suspect, Frank Santos Ramirez, 31, took off running through the Gato Building parking lot. They radioed the perimeter officers and officers Lee Lovette and Jared Gabbay caught Ramirez when he tried to climb the parking lot’s fence. Retracing the path of the pursuit, Officer Jeff Williamson reportedly found a bag containing three individually wrapped slabs of crack cocaine and 14 small bags of marijuana.
Officer Lisa Caicedo reportedly found a plastic bag of crack cocaine worth about $800 on the street hidden in Whitfield’s bra, along with a razor blade. Whitfield was charged with possession of cocaine with intent to distribute and possession of drug paraphernalia.
Ramirez was charged with possession of cocaine with intent to distribute within 1,000 feet of a convenience store, possession of cannabis with intent to sell within 1,000 feet of a convenience store, tampering with physical evidence and resisting an officer without violence.
Lenor was arrested on active warrants out of Miami-Dade County for violating probation granted on a conviction for tampering with evidence, violating probation granted on a conviction for battery on a law enforcement officer, resisting an officer with violence, possession of cocaine, and possession of marijuana.