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Key Largo man charged with burglary

A Key Largo man was arrested last Friday, charged with burglarizing a the business he works for.

37 year old Jerry Duckworth works for All American Towing and Tires in Key Largo. On Wednesday the owner of the business called the Sheriff’s Office to report an electric drill valued at $660 missing from his business. He told Deputy Bryan Branco he had surveillance cameras on his property. He said he’d reviewed the video and it showed his employee, Duckworth, jumping the fence on the property at 2:40 a.m. Wednesday and stealing the drill.

Deputy Branco reviewed the video and identified Duckworth as the theft suspect. A warrant was issued for his arrest and on Friday morning, he was charged with burglary and grand theft and he was booked into jail.

Marathon man charged with multiple cocaine sales

A 58 year old Marathon man was arrested Tuesday on six outstanding warrants for selling cocaine.

The warrants were issued after detectives with the Sheriff’s Office Special Investigations Unit used an undercover operative to purchase cocaine from Fidel Gutuerrel Gonzales Gutierrez on six occasions between late February and early March.

Gonzalez Gutierrez was charged with six counts sale of cocaine within 1,000 feet of a place of worship and four counts use of a two way communications device to facilitate a felony.

Man dies while snorkeling

A man from Garden City, New York died while snorkeling offshore of the Upper Keys yesterday.

70 year old John Kollar was snorkeling from the commercial vessel Reef Roamer when crewmembers noticed he was face down in the water and unresponsive. They pulled Kollar onto the boat. He was not breathing so they performed CPR as they returned to shore. Paramedics met the vessel at Port Largo homeowners park. Kollar was transported by ambulance to Mariner’s Hospital where he was pronounced dead.

An autopsy will be done to determine the cause of his death.

Man arrested for shooting firearm while intoxicated

A report of shots fired this morning led to the arrest of a Key Largo man for shooting guns while intoxicated.

Sheriff’s dispatchers received a report just after 4 a.m. The caller reported hearing two sets of six gunshots in the vicinity of Glendale Drive. When Deputy Christopher Kilmurray arrived in the area, he heard more gunshots. Deputies Annette Simo and Cody Kerns arrived to assist.

They began searching the area at the end of Glendale Drive when they saw a man walking out of a wooded area; they then saw a second person hiding in some bushes nearby. They confronted the men, asking what they were doing there. One of the men, 26 year old Lucas Confer, admitted to having two guns in his pockets. They were not loaded, but he admitted to shooting the guns in the woods. A pipe with the odor of marijuana was also found in his pocket; he admitted to smoking marijuana and to drinking alcohol.

Confer was arrested. He was charged with discharging a firearm while intoxicated and possession of drug paraphernalia. Once at the jail, a small bag of marijuana was found in his pocket so he was further charged with introduction of contraband into a jail facility.

The other man was not arrested.

Two men arrested on drug charges

Detectives from the Sheriff’s Special Investigations Unit arrested two men on multiple drug counts Wednesday.

Detectives had outstanding warrants on file for 23 year old Jack Cantres so they went to his house on Avenue D, Big Coppitt Key to serve those warrants just before 4 p.m. When they arrived, they first watched the house to see who was there. They saw 24 year old Harold Cantres loading something into a white Nissan in front of the residence. He also removed a duffel bag from the car and took it inside. While detectives continued to watch, a woman drove up in a Mercedes and entered the house. She then walked back out accompanied by Jack Cantres.

The detectives then approached the house. Jack Cantres spotted the detectives as they drove up and he walked rapidly into his house, where his brother was. The woman remained outside. The two men refused to open the door when detectives knocked and detectives could hear the two men moving around inside. They finally forced open the door. When they entered, they found a clogged toilet with marijuana floating on top of the water. Jack Cantres admitted to trying to flush the marijuana down the toilet. He told detectives the marijuana was combined with Spice.

A police K-9 alerted to the presence of drugs in both cars parked out front. A search of Harold Cantres vehicle turned up 95 grams of Heroin packaged in individual packages in the pocket of a red jacket. Over $3,000 in cash was found in Harold Cantres’ pants pocket. In the other car, detectives found a small amount of marijuana and 45 grams of what appeared to be Spice.

Jack Cantres was charged with resisting arrest and tampering with evidence. He was also charged with two outstanding warrants for possession of marijuana, cocaine and drug paraphernalia within 1000 feet of a church and for possession of cocaine and marijuana. Harold Cantres was charged with trafficking in Heroin and possession of drug paraphernalia. Both men were booked into jail. More charges may be pending in the case.

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 March 31, 2017  Posted by at 12:42 am Issue #212, News, Public Notice  Add comments