Authorities arrest 15 in operation targeting opioids, other drugs in Bonita Springs
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The arrest of 15 drug dealers operating in Bonita Springs has made Lee County a little bit safer, authorities said Thursday.
A months-long investigation targeting opiate sales in Bonita came to a head Thursday, according to Lee County Sheriff Carmine Marceno. The sheriff's office dubbed the bust Operation Winter Blitz and announced it in a news conference.
It's the latest display of the agency's commitment to cracking down on the sale of dangerous drugs in the county, Marceno said.
"This effort is a part of our opiate and narcotic initiative to crack down on illegal dangerous drugs," he said. "The operation has removed a variety of dangerous drugs in our community, including methamphetamine, heroin, fentanyl, cocaine and assorted prescription pills."
The sheriff's office worked with Bonita Springs community policing deputies, and similar investigations are ongoing throughout the county, Marceno said. The public can expect to see additional busts in the future, he said.
Marceno repeated a message he said he has for drug dealers on Lee streets: "If you push poison on our streets, I have a place for you and that's the Lee County Jail."
Those arrested include:
- Algirdas Virbasius, 27
- Lisa Marie Wilson, 47
- Juan Manuel Reyes, 57
- Juan Jose Gonzalez, 40
- Joshua Allen Schroder, 32
- Wayne Lee Cohrs, 49
- Ali Linda Cameron, 29
- Brent Richard Parker, 63
- Kayla Danielle Ralston, 35
- Michael Anthony Molano, 29
- Meghan Marie Boodram, 34
- Rebecca Charlene Golden, 43
- Bryan Richard Boesenberg, 31
- Kelly Elizabeth Meikle, 46
- Timothy Scott Cleland, 45
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