A Key West police bicycle team in Bahama Village made five drug arrests in less than eight hours Sunday night and Monday morning.
At 8:50 p.m. Sunday, bicycle officers E. J. Cuneo and Scott Standerwick reportedly saw Maxene Saintal engaged in a hand-to-hand drug transaction in the 800 block of Baptist Lane, an area known for drug activity. Saintal took off when he saw them.
After a bicycle and foot chase, Standerwick caught up to Saintal, arrested the 26-year-old Homestead man and retrieved a small plastic bag of crack cocaine Saintal tossed during the chase. He charged Saintal with possession of cocaine and resisting an officer without violence.
At 11:48 p.m., Cuneo stopped two men on bicycles without lights at the corner of Olivia and Thomas streets. Each consented to a search during which Cuneo reportedly found on each man a pipe with cocaine on it. He arrested Cosimo Parente, 41, and John Bartley, 43, with possession of cocaine and possession of drug paraphernalia.
At 3:34 Monday morning, the team was rounding the corner from Chapman lane into Petronia Street when they heard Emzell Mack, 48, yelling, “Hit it! Hit it!” to Kurtis Clifford, 46, as Mack held a lighter to Clifford’s pipe. They arrested Clifford for possession of cocaine and possession of drug paraphernalia and they arrested Mack for being a principal in the first degree to the crime.
The Key West Police Department has assigned extra patrols to the Bahama Village area to bring drug activity under control there.