Sunday, February 23, 2014
Mile Markers

BIG PINE KEY

Drug charges added to warrant

Deputies attempting to arrest a man on an outstanding warrant for sale of cocaine found 35 grams of cocaine hidden in the man's boxer shorts.

Deputies Ian Cooper and Wendy Negron went to 31251 Avenue E on Big Pine Key at 1 a.m. Saturday looking for 26 year old Jerome Durham Jr. He was wanted for sale of cocaine within 100 feet of a public park. When they arrived, Durham came out of the house and he was taken into custody.

During a routine search of Durham, Cooper felt two lumps underneath the rear of his shorts, which turned out to be two plastic bags hidden in his boxer shorts. Inside the bags was white powder which tested positive as cocaine.

Durham was further charged with trafficking in cocaine and he was booked into jail.

KEY WEST

Cuban windsurfer remains hospitalized

The Cuban migrant found by the Coast Guard Sector Key West Friday afternoon on the southeast side of Marquesas Keys was admitted to the Lower Keys Medical Center, a nursing supervisor said Saturday afternoon. His condition was not life threatening. His name was not available at press time.

Henry Vergara Negrin, 24, the first of three Cuban windsurfers, came ashore around 6:35 p.m. Tuesday in Key West sparking a massive air and water search spanning 8,000 square nautical miles from Islamorada to Key West for the remaining two windsurfers. Negrin was treated and released from the Medical Center and turned over to Customs and Border Patrol for processing.

The second man was rescued Thursday about seven miles south of Big Pine Key after he was spotted by a boater and brought to shore.

The men left Jibacoa, Cuba, a fishing village on the island's northwest coast on Tuesday for the supposed 9 1/2 hour trip across the Florida Straits on windsurf boards but were separated during the crossing.

KEY WEST

CEMETERY DRUNK JAILED

Police arrested a 63-year-old homeless man they said was sleeping off a bender in the city cemetery near where people were setting up for a funeral.

An officer roused the man, who was lying next to a grave with a nearly empty plastic vodka bottle by his side.

"As he stood he swayed and used the grave to keep his balance," wrote Officer Brenda Sellers.

He asked if he could dump out the rest of the fifth and leave but since he was last arrested for public drinking April 22, officers took him to jail for violating the city's ordinance again.