Saturday, February 20, 2016

Seven Arrested In Undercover Cocoa Drug Operation


COCOA, Florida - Agents with the City of Cocoa Police Department's Special Investigations Unit arrested seven suspects Friday in connection with an ongoing drug investigation aimed at a local housing complex. 


Investigators say that the suspects were involved in the illegal sale of everything from marijuana to methamphetamine to oxycodone. The housing complex located at 900 Friday Road is a former hotel now known as the Cocoa Affordable Living Center. 

After receiving complaints about illegal drug activity and requests for police intervention, an undercover operation began and had been ongoing for several weeks. On Friday, agents believed that they had enough probable cause to arrest seven suspects in the complex. In addition to the criminal charges, they also face eviction. 

“We have zero tolerance when it comes to this type of activity in our city,” said Chief Mike Cantaloupe. “We will always respond when citizens have concerns and we encourage people to come forward if they see this type of illegal activity or any other type of criminal or suspicious activity.” 

All of the suspects were taken into custody without incident. Agents seized approximately $300 in cash, drugs and paraphernalia and the investigation is ongoing. 

The suspects and charges are: 

Jean E. Martinez, 53; Trafficking Oxycodone, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia
Melissa Ann Wilson, 27, Sale of Marijuana, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia
Kennedy Harris, Jr., 31; Sale of Cocaine, Possession of Cocaine
Christine Marie Gray, 30; Sale of Cocaine, Possession of Cocaine
Leonel Gonzalez-Casillas, 26; Possession of Marijuana, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia
Brandon J. Mechall, 22, Possession of Cocaine, Possession of Marijuana, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia
Kennedy Harris Jr., 22; Possession of Cocaine, Possession of Marijuana, Possession of a Controlled Substance, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, and Violation of Probation.

Photo credit: Cocoa Police Department