Joint operation results in more than 20 drug arrests in Collier and Lee

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An 18-month investigation of a marijuana trafficking operation resulted in more than 20 arrests in Collier and Lee counties.

The investigation focused on the drug trafficking organization of Mario and Tony Vicente, which distributed marijuana throughout Southwest Florida, according to a news release Wednesday from the Collier County Sheriff's Office.

The “Operation Mario Brothers” investigation was conducted jointly by the sheriff’s offices in Collier and Lee counties with the Florida Attorney General’s Office of Statewide Prosecution. The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration and the Broward County Sheriff’s Office also assisted in this investigation.

“Criminals do not observe jurisdictional lines,” Sheriff Kevin Rambosk said. “When we work together with our law enforcement partners, it enables us to make a regional impact to keep our community safe.”

Attorney General Bondi also praised the joint effort.

“This investigation was truly a team effort among the Collier and Lee County sheriff’s offices and my Office of Statewide Prosecution,” she said. “I am grateful to all of the partnering agencies for their cooperation in ridding Southwest Florida of these drug dealers.”

The following members of the Vicente organization have been arrested and formally charged by prosecutors with conspiracy to traffic marijuana, a first-degree felony punishable by up to 30 years in prison.

■ Mario Vicente, 28, 19000 block of Bartow Boulevard, Fort Myers

■ Tony Vicente, 31, 9000 of Kentucky Street, Bonita Springs

■ Robert Spencer, 56, 4000 block of Hickory Wood Drive, North Naples

■ Antonio Lopez, 52, 4000 block of 43rd Avenue NE, Golden Gate Estates

■ Tommy McKolay-Schmitt, 21, 5000 block of Westport Lane, East Naples

■ Robert Dimaria, 19, 1800 block of Beach St., East Naples

■ Steven Connell, 28, 18000 block of Evergreen Road, Fort Myers.

During this investigation, more than 31 pounds of marijuana and more than $147,000 in currency were seized by detectives. The following people also have already been arrested as part of this investigation and charged as noted:

■ Ali Turkan, 24, 18000 block of Heather Road, Fort Myers; trafficking in opiates/derivative, possession of marijuana with intent to sell, possession of narcotics paraphernalia.

■ Shawn Miller, 27, 800 block of Valley Drive W., Bonita Springs; possession of marijuana over 20 grams, possession of marijuana with intent to sell, possession of narcotics paraphernalia.

■ Corey Brisson, 24, 800 block of 100th Avenue N., North Naples; possession of marijuana over 20 grams, possession of marijuana with intent to sell, possession of narcotics paraphernalia.

■ Edgar Guerra, 28, 10000 block of Rosemary Drive, Bonita Springs; possession of marijuana under 20 grams, possession of narcotics paraphernalia.

■ Thomas McKolay-Schmitt, 21, 5000 block of Westport Lane, East Naples ; possession of marijuana over 20 grams, and possession of narcotics paraphernalia.

■ Randall Izell, 21, 20000 block of Luci Drive, Bonita Springs; possession of marijuana over 20 grams, possession of marijuana with intent to sell, possession of narcotics paraphernalia.

■ Jean Guerdainson, 25, 100 block of Manor Boulevard, East Naples; possession of marijuana with intent to sell. Guerdainson.

■ Steven Connell, 28, 18000 block of Evergreen Road, Fort Myers; possession of marijuana over 20 grams.

■ Michael Rowan, 25, 1100 block of Medan Court S., East Naples; possession of marijuana over 20 grams; possession of marijuana with intent to sell.

■ Son Van Hung Phan, 22, 2100 block of Malibu Lake Circle, North Naples; possession of marijuana over 20 grams, possession of marijuana with intent to sell, possession of narcotics paraphernalia.

■ Steven Goerger, 20, 2700 block of Poinciana Drive, East Naples; possession of marijuana over 20 grams (2 counts), possession of marijuana with intent to sell (2 counts), possession of narcotics paraphernalia, possession of synthetic narcotics, possession of other controlled substance.

■ Jonas Perez, 25, 8000 block of 99th Court SW, Miami; possession of marijuana over 20 grams, possession of marijuana with intent to sell.

■ Kevin Rozankowski, 26, 8000 block of Malibu Lane, North Naples; sale of marijuana (2 counts), possession of marijuana with intent to sell (2 counts).

■ Zachary Heitmann, 20, 2000 block of Forrest Lane, Naples; possession of marijuana over 20 grams, possession of marijuana with intent to sell.

■ Jeffrey Eveleno, 26, 100 block of Cypress Way E., North Naples; possession of marijuana over 20 grams.

■ Robert DiMaria, 19, 1800 block of Beach Street, East Naples; possession of marijuana over 20 grams.

Detectives say additional arrests are pending.

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