On Friday, September 16, detectives with the Indian River County Sheriff’s Office executed a search warrant in the 1000 block of 18th Avenue SW. During the search, detectives located and seized an AK47 rifle, a Winchester 12 gauge shotgun, a Ruger .357 handgun, a Glock 21 handgun, fifty (50) small plastic baggies containing powder cocaine (37 grams total), digital scales and hundreds of small baggies, powder used to cut cocaine, $755.00 in drug money, and a 2001 GMC Denali SUV. Carlos Cruz of Vero Beach, was arrested as a result of this investigation.
Indian River County Sheriff Deryl Loar stated, “Mr. Cruz was selling drugs from his home, less than 800 feet from Osceola Magnet Elementary School. Our detectives purchased cocaine from the home and witnessed drug activity occurring during school hours on numerous times during this investigation. This illegal drug operation around children is unacceptable and Mr. Cruz will be held accountable.”
Cruz was booked into the Indian River County Jail on charges of sale of cocaine within 1,000 feet of a school, sale of cocaine within 1,000 feet of a convenience store, trafficking in cocaine, two counts of possession of cocaine, and possession of drug paraphernalia. Cruz is being held on $261,000.00 bond.