Search Warrant Results in Six Arrests

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Search Warrant Results in Six Arrests

Members of the Indian River County Sheriff’s Office SWAT team assisted the Multi Agency Criminal Enforcement (MACE) unit in serving a search warrant at a residence in the 4400 block of 34th Court in Vero Beach on Wednesday, July 15, 2015.

An ongoing investigation stemming from several complaints by neighbors and concerned citizens concluded with the service of a search warrant at a residence long suspected of drug activity. Detectives recovered 2.3 grams of hydromorphone pills, 29 individually packaged baggies of marijuana, and additional drug paraphernalia including a scale commonly used to weigh illegal drugs for distribution. Investigators also seized cash believed to be the proceeds of drug sales in the amount of $1,999.

The following arrests were made as a result of the investigation:

John Lamar Carter (23) was charged with possession of marijuana with the intent to distribute and possession of a controlled substance.

Kenneth Bristol (25) was charged with possession of marijuana with the intent to distribute and possession of a controlled substance.

Astley Thomas (19) was charged with possession of marijuana with the intent to distribute and possession of a controlled substance.

Brandon Pittman (22) was charged with possession of marijuana with the intent to distribute and possession of a controlled substance.

Charlie Thornton (34) was charged with possession of marijuana with the intent to distribute and possession of a controlled substance.

Michael Slaughter (22) was charged with possession of marijuana with the intent to distribute and possession of a controlled substance.

 

Pittman’s last known address is in Jacksonville, Florida. The other subjects are residents of Indian River County. All subjects were held without bond pending their first appearance in court this morning.

Indian River County Sheriff Deryl Loar stated, “This case is a result of the community standing up to the criminal element. Our detectives received information from those in the neighborhood who had enough of the violence and other crime that goes hand in hand with illegal drug dealing. We took that information and launched this investigation which resulted in the arrest of these six subjects, most of whom have an extensive criminal history. We hope this case stands as an example of the work we can do when we partner with the community to make our neighborhoods a safer place to live.”

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