Miami-Dade police say they arrested 34 people early Thursday morning in the wrapup of a drug investigation that also involved the FBI, DEA, U.S. Attorney’s Office and the state attorney’s office.
Most of the arrests stemmed from the Cutler Manor Apartments, 10875 SW 216th St., a public housing complex in southwest Miami-Dade. Arrestees came from the nearby Perrine neighborhood.
Four suspects — Edward Williams, 30; Kenyada Pierce, 34; Martavious Randall, 38; and William Lovett, 36 — have been charged in federal court on possession with intent to distributed controlled substances charges.
“This coordinated multi-agency gang effort, involving the Miami Dade Police Department, DEA and FBI, with the assistance of South Florida HIDTA, United States Attorney’s Office and prosecutors from my Gang Unit, is the result of pleas for assistance from the community to rid this neighborhood of criminal activities, which put residents’ lives at risk,’’ said Miami-Dade State Attorney Katherine Fernandez-Rundle.
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The arrests follow a roundup of 25 people in the same public housing complex 14 months ago. Those arrests were part of a multi-agency operation targeting drug dealing and the companion violence.
While police say they also confiscated drugs and 11 firearms, the names of the operations indicate the Sisyphean task facing law enforcement fighting drug dealing. Last year’s team as called “Operation Bad Manors.”
This year’s was “Operation Still Misbehaving.”