Two suspects are in jail on unrelated drug charges following several weeks of proactive undercover drug investigations in the wake of multiple shootings and drug overdoses. The first case involves a suspect who is believed to be a significant street level heroin dealer. Agents with the Special Investigations Unit (SIU) arrested Paul Edward Moore, (DOB 11/02/1968). Moore is facing charges of sale of heroin, possession of heroin, possession with intent to sell, possession of methamphetamine and possession of paraphernalia. Agents seized several grams of heroin mixed with fentanyl along with meth and cash that were all in his possession.
In the second case agents arrested Steven Ray Bennett, (08/09/1966) for charges involving possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, felony possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia. The arrest was the result of a weeks-long undercover investigation into his alleged illegal drug activity. Agents seized a small caliber pistol, half a pound of marijuana, cash and other paraphernalia.
Additional arrests are likely as the proactive investigations continue in an attempt to reduce the violence associated with illegal drug activity and the dangers associated with street level heroin mixed with fentanyl that has already triggered at least three overdoses in Cocoa in the last week alone. “We are taking a very aggressive stance on this issue,” said Chief Mike Cantaloupe. “Between high visibility proactive enforcement in our vulnerable areas and undercover investigations we hope to make a significant impact in making our streets safer for everyone.”