Massive Drug Bust in Brevard County Nets 20 Arrests, Over 7-Pounds of Meth

The Brevard County Sheriff’s Office culminated a multi-month investigation on Tuesday into the distribution of Methamphetamine, resulting in the confiscation of over 7.5-pounds of meth and 20 people arrested.

BREVARD COUNTY, FLORIDA – The Brevard County Sheriff’s Office culminated a multi-month investigation on Tuesday into the distribution of Methamphetamine, resulting in the confiscation of over 7.5-pounds of meth and 20 people arrested.

“Early this morning, Sheriff’s Agents with the Special Investigations Unit, Fugitive Unit and GameOver Task Force spread across Brevard County to arrest 20 members of a criminal organization responsible for distributing trafficking quantities of this dangerous drug,” said Brevard County Sheriff’s Office in a released statement.

Arrest warrants were issued for each of the suspects who have been identified throughout the course of the investigation as sources or distributors of Methamphetamine. These arrests are the culmination of a cooperative partnership between the Sheriff’s Office and the Brevard State Attorney’s Office.

Sheriff’s Agents conducted the investigation that focused on the organization that was involved in distributing the drugs throughout Brevard County.

The investigation began in December of 2019 when agents with the Brevard County Sheriff’s Office identified upper level drug trafficker identified as Gary Mulane.

During the investigation, agents utilized various investigative techniques to identify the drug trafficking organization, which was distributing methamphetamine in Brevard County.

Agents were able to identify Gary Mulane’s criminal organization and sources of supply.

Kevin Charles Brown was identified as a source of the supply to the organization importing and distributing multi-pounds of methamphetamine into Brevard County.

Martin Cruz was also identified as a source of supply to the organization who was also importing multi-pounds of methamphetamine into Brevard.

During the investigation five search warrants were executed which led to the seizure of approximately 7.5 pounds of methamphetamine and $50,000 in US currently.

The suspects in the case are facing charges that range from Conspiracy and Trafficking in Methamphetamine to Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organization (RICO). These charges bring penalties upon conviction of three to twenty-five years in prison.

Anyone who may have information about the whereabouts of these individuals is asked to please call the Brevard County Sheriff’s Office Special Investigations Unit at 321-633-1216, or CRIMELINE at 1-800-423-TIPS (8477).

All calls to CRIMELINE are confidential and the caller may remain anonymous and may be eligible for a reward.

These three individuals were identified as the main source and suppliers:

Gary Mullane, 52, Satellite Beach

The investigation determined that Mullane was the main distributor of methamphetamine within the organization.  He was involved in the purchase of drugs which were then sold by himself and/or others within the organization in the South Brevard County area.

Criminal History: DUI; Forgery; Burglary; Grand Theft; Criminal Mischief; Sale of Methamphetamine; Possession of Methamphetamine; Possession of a Controlled Substance; Possession of Heroin; Possession of Drug Paraphernalia; Trafficking in Methamphetamine; DWLS; Possession of Marijuana with Intent to Sell

Current Charges: Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organization (RICO); Trafficking in Methamphetamine 28-200 grams; Conspiracy to Traffic Methamphetamine over 200 grams; Conspiracy to Traffic Methamphetamine 28-200 grams (5 Counts); Solicitation to Traffic Methamphetamine; Conspiracy to Possess Heroin (2 Counts0; Conspiracy to Possess Methamphetamine (3 Counts); Solicitation to sell MDMA (2 Counts); Conspiracy to Possess MDMA (2 Counts); Unlawful Use of a Two-Way Communication Device (12 Counts). Bond $397,500

Kevin Brown, 52, of Malabar

The investigation determined that Brown was a main source of supply for Methamphetamine.  He was involved in the purchase of drugs which were then sold by others within the organization in the South Brevard County area.

ARRESTED

Criminal History: Loitering & Prowling; Possession Short Barreled Rifle, Shotgun, Machine Gun; Robbery; Use Firearm while in Commission of a Felony; Disorderly Intox; Battery; Possession Marijuana with Intent to Sell; Possession Drug Paraphernalia; Possession of Alligator without Permit; Trafficking in Cocaine; Trafficking in Methamphetamine; Possession Controlled Substance; Grand Theft; Possession Firearm by Convicted Felon; Smuggle Contraband into Detention Facility; Manufacture of Methamphetamine; Cultivation of Cannabis

Current Charges: Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organization (RICO); Conspiracy to Possess Methamphetamine over 200 grams; Conspiracy to Traffic Methamphetamine over 200 grams; Unlawful Use of a Two-Way Communication Device (3 Counts); VOP.

Martin Cruz, 35, of Malabar

The investigation determined that Cruz was a secondary source of supply for Methamphetamine.  He was involved in the purchase of drugs which were then sold by himself or others within the organization in the South Brevard County area.

Criminal History: Trafficking Controlled Substance
Current Charges: Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organization (RICO); Conspiracy to Traffic Methamphetamine over 200 grams (4 grams); Conspiracy to Traffic Methamphetamine 28-200 grams (8 Counts); Conspiracy to Traffic Methamphetamine 14-28 grams (5 Counts); Solicitation to Traffic Methamphetamine 28-200 grams (3 Counts); Conspiracy to Possess Heroin (2 Counts); Conspiracy to Possess Methamphetamine (3 Counts); Conspiracy to Sell Methamphetamine (3 Counts); Conspiracy to Possess Methamphetamine (5 Counts); Conspiracy to Possess Cocaine; Conspiracy to Possess Suboxone; Unlawful Use of a Two-Way Communication Device (29 Counts). Bond $367,000

Joshua Armistead, 31, Palm Bay

Charges: RICO; Conspiracy to Traffic Methamphetamine 200 grams or more; Solicitation to sell Methamphetamine; Unlawful use of a two-way Communication Device (2 Counts). Bond $157,500

ARRESTED

Christopher Balistrini, 38, Melbourne

Charges: Conspiracy to Traffic Methamphetamine 28-200 grams; Solicitation to sell Methamphetamine (2 counts); Unlawful use of a two-way Communication Device (10 counts). Bond $155,000

Hunter Bonventre, 29, Merritt Island

Charges: Conspiracy to Possess Methamphetamine; Unlawful Use of a Two Way Communication Device. Bond $10,000

Novello Campi IV, 31, Melbourne

Charges: Conspiracy to Possess Cocaine; Unlawful Use of a Two Way Communication Device. Bond $12,000

ARRESTED

Jeremy Cushing, 42, Melbourne

Charges: Conspiracy to Possess Methamphetamine; Unlawful Use of a Two Way Communication Device.

ARRESTED

Sarah Farr, 39, Homeless

Charges: Conspiracy to Traffic Methamphetamine 28-200 grams (5 Counts); Conspiracy to Traffic Methamphetamine 14-28 grams (3 counts); Unlawful use of a two-way Communication Device; VOP Bond $121,000

ARRESTED

Brian Hollingsworth, 53, Homeless

Charges: Trafficking Methamphetamine (2 Counts); Unlawful use of a Two-Way Communications Device. Bond: $105,000

ARRESTED

Ricky Jackson Jr, 30, Orlando

Charges: RICO; Conspiracy to Traffic Methamphetamine 200 grams or more; Unlawful use of a two-way Communication Device (15 Counts). Bond $122,500

Wayne Kile, 44, Cocoa

Charges: RICO; Conspiracy to Traffic Methamphetamine 14-28 grams; Conspiracy to Sell Methamphetamine; Conspiracy to Possess Methamphetamine (3 Counts); Unlawful use of a two-way Communication Device (5 Counts). Bond $107,000

ARRESTED

Jason Quebedo, 35, Grant

Charges: Conspiracy to Traffic Methamphetamine 28-200 grams; Unlawful use of a two-way Communication Device. Bond $47,500

Charles Richardson, 34, Palm Bay

Charges: Solicitation to sell Methamphetamine, Conspiracy to Traffic Methamphetamine, Unlawful Use of a Two Way Communication Device. Bond $77,500

Justine Richardson, 39, Satellite Beach

Charges: Trafficking Methamphetamine 28-200 grams. Bond $50,000

Anthony Rosales, 38, Palm Bay

Charges: Solicitation to sell Methamphetamine (2 Counts); Conspiracy to Possess Methamphetamine (2 Counts); Conspiracy to Possess Suboxone; Unlawful Use of a Two Way Communication Device (3 Counts). Bond $24,000

Michael Shook, 60, Hilton Head SC

Charges: RICO; Conspiracy to Traffic Methamphetamine over 200 grams; Unlawful use of a two-way Communication Device (6 Counts). Bond $165,000

Frank Valencia, 49, West Melbourne

Charges: Solicitation to Sell Methamphetamine, Conspiracy to Possess Methamphetamine, Unlawful use of a Two-Way Communications Device (2 Counts). Bond: $19,000

Rachelle Vandenberg, 35, Malabar

Charges: RICO; Conspiracy to Traffic Methamphetamine over 200 grams; Conspiracy to Sell Methamphetamine.

ARRESTED

Curtis Zopp, 42, Merritt Island

Charges: Solicitation to Sell Methamphetamine; Conspiracy to Possess Methamphetamine; Conspiracy to Possess MDMA; Unlawful use of a Two-Way Communications Device (2 Counts). Bond: $15,000

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