Fort Pierce teens arrested on drug, gun charges have gang ties, police say
Elliott Jones, Scripps Treasure Coast Newspapers
10:40 AM, Jan 22, 2014
10:41 AM, Jan 22, 2014
FORT PIERCE — All four teenage males arrested in a police seizure of guns and drugs in a car on Monday are documented gang members or affiliated with gangs, according to arrest affidavits.
A citizen tip about a suspicious looking vehicle on Avenue K about 1 a.m. Monday led to the seizure of three handguns, ammunition and 15 small bags of marijuana, the reports show.
Arrested were driver Shantonio Rolle, 18, and passengers Tyrone Clark, 17, and two 16-year-olds, all of Fort Pierce. Rolle attends Fort Pierce Westwood High School and Clark is a student at Dan McCarty Middle School, police reports show.
Rolle is in the St. Lucie County Jail in lieu of a $18,700 bail. The others are in juvenile detention.
Police are continuing to investigate the case, but aren't disclosing what they are looking into.
The two 16-year-olds were each arrested on charges of unlawful possession of a firearm by a person under 19 years old and carrying a concealed firearm. Rolle is charged with unlawful possession of a firearm and possession of a firearm by a felon. Clark was arrested on suspicion of possession of marijuana with intent to sell.
Three officers in a special crime suppression unit approached the four teens after the white Toyota turned into a driveway in the 1900 block of Avenue K.
While questioning the occupants, officers saw a black handgun, the first of three found in the vehicle, according to police reports.