Key West police hit hard on drug activity in Bahama Village over the weekend.
Early Saturday morning, a police bicycle team patrolling Petronia Street stopped Angelo Borges, 20, of Key West, for going the wrong way and not having lights on his bicycle. When Borges pulled his ID out of his pocket, a small bag of cocaine fell out. Borges took off running. The officers chased after him, one on foot and one on a bicycle. They soon caught him and arrested him for possession of cocaine and resisting an officer without violence.
Police have been watching the corner of Virginia and Duval streets – a new hot spot for drug activity. Officer Todd Stevens had seen Robert Allen Barton, 44, there several times and again at about 9:18 Saturday night. Stevens stopped him and Barton allowed himself to be searched. Stevens found a piece of cocaine in Barton’s pocket which Barton reportedly had just purchased in Bahama Village. Stevens arrested him for possession of cocaine.
At about 9:30 Sunday morning, on a routine check of public housing property, a bicycle team found two young women sleeping in a parked car with the engine running. The officers woke them up and told them they were trespassing. One woman, Taquilla Cantrell Ashley, 19, of Florida City, allowed Officer Henry Arroyo to search her purse, where he reportedly found a plastic bag with seven nickel-sized disks of crack cocaine, worth as much as $700 on the street. She reportedly had been holding them for another man. She was arrested for possession of crack cocaine with intent to sell. Ashley was also wanted on two arrest warrants for aggravated battery.
Key West police have been working in partnership with the Bahama Village community in an initiative to bring drug activity there under control.