Breaking up an apparent drug deal early Friday morning led Key West police officers on the Bahama Village Community Policing Team to arrest three people on various charges.
At 2:37 a.m., Officer Lee Lovette went to the corner of Chapman Lane and Petronia Street to check out drug activity. Just as he saw two men standing there by an SUV, Officer Dave Hall rounded the corner of Thomas and Petronia streets, apparently spooking the men. They took off in opposite directions and into a private yard on Chapman Lane. Lovette went back around the house there and flushed out Darren Mayfield, 31, of Florida City, who reportedly ran right at Hall, who immediately handcuffed him. They searched him, reportedly finding a small bag of marijuana. They charged Mayfield with possession of less than 20 grams of marijuana, trespass and resisting an officer without violence.
Then they were notified that some other men they had been looking for in Bahama Village were on the same property in a blue car. In the driverís seat was Wilfred Francois, Jr., 22, Elmas Pierre, 20, in the passenger seat, and next to him, another man, all from Florida City. The officers handcuffed all three, charging them with trespassing. In the driverís seat they found a small piece of crack cocaine, a small amount of marijuana, a blue pill and 10 small bags of cocaine powder. Lovette and Hall took the trio to the police station to sort things out.
After interviews, they released the third man and found that neither he nor Pierre was involved with the drugs. Francois, however, was charged, in addition to trespassing, with possession of crack cocaine, possession of less than 20 grams of marijuana and possession of cocaine with intent to sell within 1,000 feet of a church. He was also arrested on a warrant Lovette swore out for giving a false name. Bond on that was set at $50.000.
This week, the first week the community policing team was on duty, they effected two arrests for possession of crack cocaine, one for possession of marijuana, one for possession of cocaine with intent to sell and numerous arrests for trespassing and resisting officers.