Drug stings leads to arrests
A handful of Cape Coral residents are accused of selling drugs after police conducted several undercover transactions that date back to August.
The police department’s Vice, Intelligence and Narcotics Unit worked with undercover informants to arrange and purchase prescription drugs between August and September in separate transactions involving various people. The alleged buys resulted in the arrest of at least six people on a mix of dates.
On Wednesday, police arrested and charged the following individuals:
n Trenton Shane Morrissey, 25, of 4414 S.W. 12th Place, with two felony counts of selling opium or derivative
n Shane Kenneth Sopp, 37, of 2819 S.W. 32nd St., with one felony count of selling opium or derivative
n Lorraine Justine Pacifico, 27, of 112 S.E. 12th Court, with two felony counts of selling opium or derivative
n Justin Joel Hunter, 25, of 112 S.E. 12th Court, with two felony counts of selling opium or derivative
According to police reports, Morrissey introduced an informant to Edward Joevany Rodriguez on Aug. 10 at Rodriguez’s home, at 1236 S.E. Eighth St. The informant bought 10 Roxicodone pills from Rodriguez, 25, for $120. On Aug. 11, Morrissey and Rodriguez again sold 10 Roxicodone pills for $120.
Morrissey was located Wednesday and taken into custody. He remained at the Lee County Jail on $30,000 bond on Friday. He has a court date Jan. 10.
On Aug. 27, Rodriguez was booked into the Lee County Jail. He is facing two counts each of sale or delivery of controlled substance and possession of controlled substance. Rodriguez’s next court date is scheduled for Jan. 26.
Sopp reportedly met with an informant on Aug. 20 at a Circle K on County Club Boulevard and sold the informant 10 Oxycodone pills for $120. The buy was reportedly set up by Diane Lynn Rimes, 44, of 117 S.E. 17th Terrace. Rimes did not want the informant to come by her home, police reported.
Sopp was located Wednesday and taken into custody. As of Friday, he had been released from jail on $5,000 bond. Sopp has a court date on Jan. 10.
Rimes was booked into the Lee County Jail on Sept. 1. She was found guilty of two counts of sale or delivery of controlled substance and sentenced to a year of probation with adjudication withheld. A third count of sale or delivery of controlled substance was nolle prossed.
According to police reports, Pacifico and Hunter met with an informant on Aug. 19 and on Sept. 22 at a Mobile on Pine Island Road to sell Oxycodone. At the August meeting, the two sold the informant 10 pills for $150. They sold the informant 12 pills for $144 at the September meeting.
Both were located Wednesday and taken into custody. Pacifico and Hunter remained at the Lee County Jail on Friday. Pacifico’s bond is set at $40,000 and Hunter’s bond is $30,000. Both have court dates scheduled on Jan. 10.