3 Search Warrants result in 3 arrests & seizure rock and powder cocaine, MDMA, marijuana, $27,000 U.S. currency & 3 vehicles

On Friday, April 8, 2016, the Sarasota Police Department Narcotics Unit, with the assistance of the Street Crimes Unit and Intelligence Unit, executed a search warrant at MB Customs Auto Shop, 1940 11th Street, Sarasota.  The search warrant was obtained as a result of an investigation into illegal drug sales from business by the business owner.

As a result of the warrant, Melquisedec Betancourt, Jr., was arrested and charged with numerous narcotics related charges.  At MB Custom Auto Shop Detectives seized:  22.7 grams of powder cocaine, 12.9 grams of rock cocaine, 292.9 grams of marijuana, 1.8 grams of MDMA (ecstasy), $745 U.S. currency and (2) vehicles. (2006 Cadillac DTS and 2006 Mercedes Benz CLK330).

A second search warrant was then executed at 1296 32nd Street, the home of Betancourt, where he resides with a girlfriend and three children.  From the home, Sarasota Police Detectives seized:  556.7 grams of powder cocaine, 94.3 grams of rock cocaine, (1) firearm, $25,000 U.S. currency and a 2004 Infinity QX56.  The investigation is ongoing.

Arrested:  Melquisedec Betancourt Jr., 31
Date of birth 1/29/1985,
1296 32nd Street, Sarasota, FL
Charges:
Trafficking in Cocaine Over 400 Grams (Felony)
      Possession of Marijuana With Intent to Sell/Deliver (Felony)
      Possession of a Firearm by a Convicted Felon (Felony)
     Possession of a Controlled Substance With Intent to Sell/Deliver (Felony)
      Possession of Drug Paraphernalia (Misdemeanor)

On Thursday, April 7, 2016, the Sarasota Police Department Narcotics Unit, with the assistance of the Street Crimes Unit executed a search warrant at 1156 Cocoanut Avenue, Sarasota.  The search warrant was obtained as a result of an investigation of illegal narcotics being sold by the residents of the address.  Upon execution of the warrant, two individuals were arrested and charged with drug related crimes.  Detectives seized:  29 grams of rock cocaine, 9.3 grams of marijuana, drug paraphernalia and $2,155 U.S. currency. The investigation is ongoing.

Arrested:   Arthur Brantley III, 37
Date of birth:  8/31/1978
1156 Cocoanut Avenue, Sarasota, FL
Charges:  
Trafficking in Cocaine 28-200 Grams(Felony)
                   Possession of Marijuana less than 20 Grams(Misdemeanor)
                   Possession of Drug Paraphernalia(Misdemeanor)

 
Arrested:    Kishuan D. Pearson, 32
Date of birth:  07/2/1983
3206 Gillespie Avenue, Sarasota, FL
Charges: 
   Possession of Marijuana less than 20 Grams(Misdemeanor)

 

1156 Cocoanut Avenue, Sarasota, FL

1156 Cocoanut Avenue, Sarasota, FL

 

MB Custom Auto Shop Search Warrant

MB Custom Auto Shop Search Warrant

Melquisedec Betancourt Jr

Melquisedec Betancourt Jr

Arthur Brantley III

Arthur Brantley III

Kishuan D. Pearson

Kishuan D. Pearson