Port St. Lucie police make drug arrests, seize guns

PORT ST. LUCIE — Port St. Lucie police on Wednesday appeared to be spreading seasonal cheer by announcing nearly three dozen arrests following a 2.5 month drug investigation called "Operation Happy Holidays."

"I think it's a good day when you put a drug dealer in jail," Detective Sgt. Charlie Lumpkin said. "I think it's even a happier holiday when you put 33 drug dealers in jail."

Investigators also identified six people with outstanding warrants and said that those identified in the probe weren't part of an organized group or ring.

"These are all individual, for the most part, individual arrests all separate from each other, criminal entrepreneurs if you want to call it that," Lumpkin said.

Police turned up 660 pills, primarily painkillers, $1,456, about 12 ounces of marijuana and more than 5 ounces of cocaine during the probe, which began Oct. 3 and ended Tuesday.

Police also seized 28 guns, including pistols, shotguns and rifles. Lumpkin said none of the weapons had been reported stolen.

Lumpkin in particular mentioned the Nov. 15 arrest of 26-year-old Monfort "Fifty" Desir, who was identified in records as a six-time felon.

Desir and 19-year-old James Bristol were arrested after police executed a search warrant at their listed address in the 2000 block of Southeast Heathwood Circle.

In a bedroom police say belonged to Desir, investigators found items including marijuana, almost 100 alprazolam pills, cocaine, Ecstasy, a loaded .40 caliber handgun and additional ammunition. In Bristol's bedroom, cocaine, marijuana, scales and ammunition were found.

Lumpkin said the arrests came after complaints and information from residents, Treasure Coast Crime Stoppers, informants and investigations initiated by detectives.

Lumpkin said police also are looking for Teeon Garnett Wilkins, 37; Aaron Finley, 42; Dania Fineus, 30; Wendell Dale Perez-Pratt III, 21; Viola Andryc-Diekmann, 58; and Marquel "Cash" Stanfield, 21.

Lumpkin singled out Stanfield.

"He's a drug dealer. He's not quiet about it," Lumpkin said. "I'd like to see all of them be put into custody as soon as possible, but particularly Cash."

Three people were arrested Tuesday on methamphetamine and other charges after police, St. Lucie County Sheriff's and U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration officials executed a search warrant in the 4000 block of Southwest Alice Street in Port St. Lucie.

Lumpkin said those three arrests weren't part of "Operation Happy Holidays."

Anyone with information about the six with warrants is asked to call 911 or Treasure Coast Crime Stoppers at 800-273-TIPS.

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