TALLAHASSEE, Fla.—Attorney General Pam Bondi’s Office of Statewide Prosecution, the Drug Enforcement Administration, the Bradenton Police Department, the Manatee County Sheriff’s Office, the Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office and the State Attorney’s Office for the 12th Circuit today announced the arrests of 15 individuals in connection to a major drug trafficking ring. According to the investigation, the defendants are responsible for trafficking large amounts of heroin and other drugs through several central Florida counties.
“Today’s announcement is the culmination of more than a year of intense investigative work by our brave law enforcement partners. Removing these drugs from our streets will save lives and help make our communities safer,” said Attorney General Bondi.
During the investigation, law enforcement seized large amounts of heroin, cocaine and fentanyl. The heroin seized has an estimated wholesale value of more than $250,000. The cocaine is valued at more than $100,000. Investigators also seized firearms, a hundred hydromorphone pills and more than $320,000 cash and assets. The defendants are from Manatee, Hillsborough, Orange, Pasco and Pinellas Counties.
The following suspects have been arrested in connection to this case:
· Michael Brooks, charged in Manatee, 33;
· Jose Isaula Castillo; charged in Manatee, 32;
· Adrian Celestino; charged in Manatee, 44;
· Robert Haynes, charged in Manatee, 30;
· Cedric Houston, charged in Manatee, 33;
· Cody Lambert, charged in Manatee, 25;
· Brian Parker, charged in Manatee, 26;
· Gregory Cordelle Parker; charged in Manatee, 51;
· Will Samuel Reaves; charged in Manatee, 43;
· Deketrick Samuel, charged in Manatee, 27;
· Shadaryl Swilley, charged in Manatee, 29;
· Jonathan Cosme Torres, charged in Hillsborough, 33;
· Josue Cosme Torres, charged in Hillsborough, 29;
· Kashema Williams; charged in Manatee, 39; and
· Brentton Edwards Woods, charged in Manatee, 30.
All the defendants face charges related to the trafficking of heroin, cocaine or hydromorphone. More arrests are expected in connection to this case. The Attorney General's Medicaid Fraud Control Unit assisted in the investigation.