News Release
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Date: June 20, 2012
Contact: Mia Ro, PIO
Number: 954-660-4602

Law Enforcement Dethrones “Queen” of Longwood, Florida
--37 Charged in Longwood Drug Trafficking Investigation- Four Remain at Large--

June 20 (Orlando, FL) Mark R. Trouville, Special Agent in Charge, Drug Enforcement Administration), Miami Field Division, Pam Bondi, Attorney General of Florida, and Longwood Police Chief Troy K. Hickson, announced the execution of 37 arrest warrants stemming from state drug charges in the Central Florida area. A joint investigation by the DEA and the Longwood Police Department into the drug trafficking activities of Jennie McCown, dubbed “Queen of Longwood” by street level drug dealers and users. This local impact investigation led law enforcement to focus their investigation into the illicit pharmaceutical drug trafficking organization responsible for the illegal diversion of pharmaceutical drugs in the Seminole, Orange, Volusia, Lake and Brevard counties.

Defendants(Age/Residence) Charge

Jennie Laureen McCown (43/Longwood) is charged with Count 1: conspiracy to traffic in oxycodone, 28 grams or more, a first degree felony mandating a 25 year minimum mandatory period of incarceration, in violation of sections 893.135(1)(c)1.c., and 893.135(5), Florida Statutes; Count 2: possession of a place or structure being used for the sale of a controlled substance, a second degree felony, in violation of section 893.1351(2), Florida statutes; and Count 3: conspiracy to manufacture methamphetamine, a third degree felony, in violation of section 893.13(1)(a)(1) and section 777.04(3), Florida statutes.

Robert Scott McCown (46/Longwood) is charged with Count 1: conspiracy to traffic in oxycodone, 28 grams or more, a first degree felony mandating a 25 year minimum mandatory period of incarceration, in violation of sections 893.135(1)(c)1.c., and 893.135(5), Florida Statutes; and Count 2: possession of a place or structure being used for the sale of a controlled substance, a second degree felony, in violation of section 893.1351(2), Florida statutes.

Meagan Elizabeth McCown (23/Longwood), Melissa Anne McCown (19/Longwood), Jarvis Lee Grant (29/Sanford), Durwinwondel Slatyon Edwards (43/Sanford), Gail Elizabeth Crist (50/Longwood), Shellie Helen Lamb Roach (33/Longwood), Robert John Roach (37/Longwood), Bradford Charles Heath (46/Longwood), Glennis Lopez Pagan (35/Longwood), Pamela Ann Smyth (36/Titusville), Kelly Denise Eddy (42/Brooksville), Carmen Ortiz (23/Longwood), Joseph Serafin Barbieri (73/Orlando), Darnell Alexis Cruz (22/Longwood), and Erica Faye Winger (28/Longwood) are charged with: conspiracy to traffic in oxycodone, 28 grams or more, a first degree felony mandating a 25 year minimum mandatory period of incarceration, in violation of sections 893.135(1)(c)1.c., and 893.135(5), Florida statutes.

Shirley Angela McKinney (40/Lake Mary), Raymond Karl Evans (52/Longwood), Glenn Leroy Griggy (26/Freeport), Mallory Anne Cooper (25/Clermont), Stephanie Lynnette Hauser (30/Longwood), Peter Michael Dushan (40/Winter Springs), Justin Hartis Southard (25/Lake Mary), Kristen Louise Walters (58/Longwood), John Michael Crescente (43/Longwood), Nicole Farmer Adams (33/Longwood), Lindsay Renee Peever (30/Casselberry), and Tina Loraine Hill (31/Maitland) are charged with COUNT 1: Solicitation to Deliver Oxycodone, a third degree felony, in violation of sections 893.13(1)(a)1. and 777.04(2), Florida Statutes.

Francisco Richard Arellano (25/Longwood) is charged with possession of hydromorphone with intent to sell or deliver, a second degree felony, in violation of section 893.13(1)(a)1 Florida statutes.

David Michael Hocter (33/Longwood) is charged with COUNT 1: Solicitation to Deliver Oxycodone, a third degree felony, in violation of sections 893.13(1)(a)1. and 777.04(2), Florida Statutes; and Count 2: conspiracy to manufacture methamphetamine, a third degree felony, in violation of section 893.13(1)(a)(1) and section 777.04(3), Florida Statutes.

James Francis Buckley III (25/Longwood) is charged with Count 1: conspiracy to traffic in hydromorphone, 14 grams or more, a first degree felony mandating a 15 year minimum mandatory period of incarceration, in violation of sections 893.135(1)(c)1.b., and 893.135(5), Florida statutes; Count 2: trafficking in hydromorphone, four grams or more, a first degree felony mandating a 3 year minimum mandatory period of incarceration, in violation of section 893.135(1)(c)1.a., Florida statutes; and Count 3: unlawful use of a two-way communications device to facilitate the commission of a felony, a third degree felony in violation of s. 934.215, Florida statutes.

Berry Ivan Mack (55/Sanford) is charged with Count 1: conspiracy to traffic in hydromorphone, 14 grams or more, a first degree felony mandating a 15 year minimum mandatory period of incarceration, in violation of sections 893.135(1)(c)1.b., and 893.135(5), Florida statutes; Count 2: trafficking in hydromorphone, 14 grams or more, a first degree felony mandating a 15 year minimum mandatory period of incarceration, in violation of section 893.135(1)(c)1.b., Florida statutes; and Count 3: unlawful use of a two-way communications device to facilitate the commission of a felony, a third degree felony in violation of s. 934.215, Florida statutes.

Nicholas Christopher Boyer (28/Sanford) is charged with Count 1: conspiracy to traffic in oxycodone, 28 grams or more, a first degree felony mandating a 25 year minimum mandatory period of incarceration, in violation of sections 893.135(1)(c)1.c., and 893.135(5), Florida statutes; Count 2: trafficking in oxycodone, 14 grams or more, a first degree felony mandating a 15 year minimum mandatory period of incarceration, in violation of section 93.135(1)(c)1.b., Florida statutes; and Count 3: unlawful use of a two-way communications device to facilitate the commission of a felony, a third degree felony in violation of s. 934.215, Florida statutes.

Adrianne Elizabeth Martinus (32/Apopka) is charged with Count 1: solicitation to deliver hydromorphone, a third degree felony, in violation of sections 893.13(1)(a)1, and 777.04(2), Florida statutes; and Count 2: solicitation to deliver oxycodone, a third degree felony, in violation of sections 893.13(1)(a)1, and 777.04(2), Florida statutes;

Aaron Arthur Heinchon Hachenburg (32/Altamonte Springs) is charged with Count 1: solicitation to deliver hydromorphone, a third degree felony, in violation of sections 893.13(1)(a)1, and 777.04(2), Florida statutes; and Count 2: solicitation to deliver oxycodone, a third degree felony, in violation of sections 893.13(1)(a)1, and 777.04(2), Florida statutes.

Cristina Marie Salyers (26/Sanford) is charged with solicitation to deliver hydromorphone, a third degree felony, in violation of sections 893.13(1)(a)1, and 777.04(2), Florida statutes.

Today’s operation resulted in the arrest of 33 defendants. Durwindwondel Slayton Edwards, James Franics Buckley III, Aaron Arthur Heinchon Hachendberg, Erica Faye Winger still remain at large. In addition, 13 vehicles, approximately $3,700, and approximately 1000 opioid pills were seized in during today’s operation in connection with the investigation.

According to the charging document, on May 18, 2011, Jennie McCown was arrested and charged with “Doctor Shopping.” The arresting documents revealed that Jennie McCown was obtaining multiple prescriptions for similar controlled substances, from different physicians, within a specific time period, as well as “sponsoring” individuals to visit specific physicians, obtaining prescriptions and in turn obtaining narcotics from the prescriptions. Jennie McCown would then sell these pills for profit, pay all of her living expenses and invest in additional “sponsorships” to obtain additional narcotics. Jennie McCown was sentenced on November 2011 to 18 months of Community Control and 18 months of probation.

Law Enforcement learned that within two months of posting bond, Jennie McCown was still operating her criminal enterprise by distributing the same narcotics. Jennie McCown, no longer “Doctor Shopping” herself, began solely “sponsoring” or recruiting individuals to visit specific physicians, obtaining prescriptions for narcotics, filling the prescriptions at specific pharmacies, at times with specific pharmacists and distributing the Opioids from her residence in Longwood.

Agents obtained records from several pharmacies known to be utilized by Jennie McCown and her co-conspirators. Analysis of patient prescription data and surveillance during the course of the investigation established that approximately 10,000 oxycodone pills were obtained, during a six-month period, through the “sponsoring” and an undetermined amount obtained through other sources of supply. These pills were ultimately distributed by members of the conspiracy into a five-county area.

“Dismantling an organization of this size will truly impact the Longwood community for the better,” said DEA Special Agent in Charge Mark R. Trouville. “The DEA continues its commitment to work with our local and state partners to ensure that legitimate medicines get into the hands of legitimate patients.”

"I am grateful to the Drug Enforcement Administration and the Longwood Police Department for arresting individuals allegedly involved in an elaborate doctor-shopping scheme," said Attorney General Pam Bondi. "Prescription drug abuse claims the lives of seven Floridians per day, and we will do everything within our power to end prescription drug abuse in Florida."

"If you sell drugs in Longwood, you have my word that you will become our mission,” said Longwood Police Chief Troy K. Hickson. “We will arrest you and we will put you in jail where you belong!"

This investigation was conducted by DEA High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA) group and the Longwood Police Department. The HIDTA program fosters cooperation among law enforcement in a regional area and involves federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies developing a strategy to target the region’s drug-related threats to public safety.

The charging document is merely an accusation and a defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.
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