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OPERATION ‘DECK THE CELLS’ RESULTS IN 24 ARRESTS
Over the last month, members of the Citrus County Sheriff’s Office (CCSO) Tactical Impact Unit (TIU) conducted a covert operation to target drug dealers in Citrus County. During this operation, through the undercover purchases of narcotics, 26 warrants were issued for 25 of these local subjects.

Partnering with agents from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), Air and Marine Operations, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (Homeland Security), and task force officers from the U.S. Marshals Service Florida/Caribbean Regional Fugitive Task Force, these arrest warrants were served over the span of two days.

Concluding on Friday, December 3, 2021, the combined law enforcement efforts resulted in the outstanding arrests of twenty-four men and women in Citrus County for an array of narcotics charges, including trafficking.

As a result of these arrests, over 319.7 grams of Methamphetamine, and 44.4 grams of Fentanyl, 45 grams of Cocaine were seized, with an approximate street value of $18,195.00.
The following 24 arrests were made during Operation ‘Deck the Cells’:

 Clifford Marcy, DOB 12/29/80 for Trafficking Methamphetamine (2 counts) – Marcy has an extensive criminal record including 14 previous felony convictions and arrests involving battery, burglary, dealing in stolen property, narcotics, theft, and trespassing, fraud, failure to appear, and violation of probation charges.
 Brandon Harder, DOB 4/23/85 for Sale of Heroin – Harder has 12 previous felony convictions and arrests including burglary, theft, dealing in stolen property, narcotics, forgery, and failure to appear charges.
 William Wood, DOB 5/28/81 for Sale of Fentanyl – Wood has 10 previous felony convictions and arrests including trafficking amphetamine, sex offenses, soliciting prostitution, theft, narcotics, resisting with violence, driving with a suspended license, and failure to appear charges.
 Joseph Singh II, DOB 6/29/80 for Sale of Fentanyl, Resisting Officer, Possession of Cannabis and THC Wax, and Drug Paraphernalia – Singh has 10 previous felony convictions and arrests including the sale of cocaine, possession of a firearm/ammunition by a convicted felon, aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, aggravated battery, forgery, and failure to appear charges.
 Destiny Beasley, DOB 11/03/86 for Sale of Fentanyl – Beasley has 8 previous felony convictions and arrests including felony battery, battery on EMS personnel, resisting arrest, narcotics, DUI, violation of probation, driving with a suspended license, and contempt of court charges.
 Kyle Ross, DOB 1/21/92 for Sale of Methamphetamine – Ross has 8 previous felony convictions and arrests including trafficking in amphetamine, possession of a weapon by a convicted felon, narcotics, theft, driving with a suspended license, and failure to appear charges.
 Robert Schaefer, DOB 06/04/71 for Sale of Fentanyl and Methamphetamine – Schaefer has 8 previous felony convictions and arrests including theft, fraud, DUI, narcotics, assault, violation of probation, and failure to appear charges.
 Ryan Dipetrillo, DOB 10/28/91 for Sale of Fentanyl – Dipetrillo has 7 previous felony convictions and arrests including habitual driving with a suspended license, narcotics, violation of probation, and failure to appear charges.
 Nichole Mandat, DOB 3/28/88, Sale of Fentanyl – Mandat has 6 previous felony convictions and arrests including aggravated battery with a deadly weapon, narcotics, theft, dealing in stolen property, fraud, violation of probation, and driving with a suspended license charges.
 Cynthia Smith, DOB 6/08/64 for Sale of Methamphetamine – Smith has 5 previous felony convictions and arrests including possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, carrying a concealed firearm, theft, fraud, and failure to appear charges.
 Brittany Ansin, DOB 01/22/89 for Trafficking and Sale of Fentanyl – Ansin has 4 previous felony convictions and arrests including aggravated battery, battery, theft, and violation of probation charges.
 Sierra Wilkerson, DOB 01/11/95 for Sale of Fentanyl – Wilkerson has 4 previous felony convictions and arrests including aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, obstruction, theft, narcotics, and failure to appear charges.
 Craig Richmond, DOB 7/10/74 for Possession of a Controlled Substance, Drug Paraphernalia, and Driving while License Suspended or Revoked Knowingly – Richmond has 4 previous felony conviction and arrests including narcotics, trafficking, aggravated battery, grand theft and failure to appear charges.
 Joshua Moretz, DOB 5/19/90 for Trafficking in Fentanyl and Methamphetamine – Moretz has 3 previous felony convictions and arrests including trafficking amphetamine, trafficking heroin, fleeing and eluding, resisting arrest, tampering with evidence, no valid driver’s license, battery, narcotics, and failure to appear charges.
 Richard Harkleroad, DOB 1/14/71 for Trafficking in Methamphetamine – Harkleroad has an extensive criminal record including 3 previous felony convictions and arrests including felonious assault, aggravated robbery, narcotics, and violation of probation charges. He also has two active warrants from Tennessee and Ohio for violation of probation.
 Salima Sibblies, DOB 2/12/81 for Trafficking in Fentanyl and the Sale of a controlled substance (Methamphetamine) – Sibblies has 3 previous felony convictions and prior arrests including thefts, narcotics, and dealing in stolen property charges.
 Randall Renes, DOB 5/04/89 for Sale of Methamphetamine – Renes has 2 previous felony convictions and arrests including aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, arson, burglary, and fraud charges.
 Anthony Murphy, DOB 2/14/83 for Trafficking in Cocaine and Possession with Intent to Sell (Crack Cocaine) – Murphy has an extensive criminal record including 2 previous felony convictions and arrests including robbery with a firearm, burglary with battery, grand theft, battery, and loitering charges.
 Patricia Clair, DOB 5/15/70 for Sale of a Methamphetamine – Clair has 2 previous felony convictions and arrests including exploitation of the elderly, resisting arrest, narcotics, theft, DUI, battery, and dealing in stolen property charges.
 Elliot Ansin, DOB 7/07/86 for Trafficking and Sale of Fentanyl – Ansin has 1 previous felony conviction and arrests including grand theft, narcotics, and violation of probation charges.
 Taiwan Bacome, DOB 1/14/76 for Sale of Methamphetamine – Bacome has 1 previous felony conviction and arrests including aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, robbery, narcotics, and battery charges.
 Christopher Adams, DOB 5/23/84 for Sale of Fentanyl – Adams has previous arrests including burglary, grand theft, battery, and disorderly conduct charges.
 Corey Ross, DOB 11/01/90 for Trafficking in Methamphetamine and Sale of a Controlled Substance (Heroin) – Ross has previously been arrested for narcotics, thefts, failure to appear, and violation of probation charges.
 Tyler Pennington, DOB 9/09/93 for Sale of Fentanyl (2 counts) and Methamphetamine – Pennington has previously been arrested numerous times for various narcotics charges.

Prior to these arrests, these individuals had already amassed 117 prior felony convictions.

We would like to thank our partners at the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives: Air and Marine Operations, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (Homeland Security), and the U.S. Marshals Service for their teamwork which resulted in the success of this operation.

"We are humbled to have served beside our law enforcement partners as we work to combat the sales of illegal narcotics in our community. These deadly substances contribute to a person’s crippling addiction, and eventually their death.” said Sheriff Prendergast. “Through the apprehension of traffickers of these deadly, illegal narcotics such as Fentanyl and heroin, we hope to have stunted the overdose rate in Citrus County. The fight against illegal narcotics, addiction, and overdoses doesn’t stop here; we must come together as a community to safeguard those who are caught in the vicious cycle of addiction, and to report those who contribute to it. Thank you to those who have already stepped forward and to those who will find the courage to do so now."

If you know of anyone who may be dealing in illegal narcotics or know of someone struggling with addiction, call our non-emergency line at 352-249-2790 to make a report, or to speak with our Behavioral Health Unit for assistance.
Posted on 06 Dec 2021

by Honey Noe @ 10 Dec 2021 07:40 pm
I live at 5317 Manatee Ter. This s a lot of activity at 5374 Brady. I believe that is the correct address. Police have been there numerous times. People leaving there with no electricity. LOTS of traffic all day and all night.
by Shaun Johnson @ 16 Dec 2021 02:01 pm
117 Felony Convictions? Why are/were these people still on the streets? The sad thing is there are plenty of customers keeping criminals in business. Supply and demand go hand in hand.
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