Volusia County, FL - Pill dealers and many of their regular customers are cooling their heels in the Volusia County Jail after a six-month investigation ended in a series of early-morning raids.
"Operation Pills N'Whips" resulted in more than a dozen arrests on Tuesday with VCSO Deputy Chief Eric Dietrich promising there are more arrests to come. Dietrich said that the dealers were moving 4,000 to 5,000 Oxycodone and Dilaudid pills per month.
One of the outstanding suspects is the group’s reputed ringleader, 21-year-old Ra’Keem Thomas of DeLand, along with his main pill supplier, 28-year-old Jason Ashe of Maitland.
Agents have been working undercover since early November, putting many suspects under surveillance and following them to drug deals. Most of the defendants are from Volusia County but agents linked several members who live in Flagler, Orange, Seminole and St. Johns counties. A father-daughter duo, 52-year-old Stanley Vermillion and 26-year-old Kayle Vermillion, was also arrested in the operation.
Charges range from Conspiracy to Deliver, Possession with Intent to Sell or Deliver and use of a 2-way communication device to commit a felony.
List of suspects supplied by VCSO:
Dawn Marie Barton, age 32, Robert James Belling, Jr., age 58, Christopher Francis Ciullo, age 30, Ginger Morris Garren, age 50, Tyrone Henderson, age 37, Shaunna Lynn Jones, age 38, Travis Michael Lodato, age 25, Cassandra Jeanelle Marcus, age 24, Precious Ross, age 29, Robert Clyde Thomas, age 50, Kayla Rayne Vermillion, age 26, Stanley Michael Vermillion, age 52, Shane Leary Wahl, age 31, Robert John Zammit III, age 23 and a the last suspect arrested, Fredrick Roy McDaniel III, age 27.
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