On November 21st, 2013, it was reported by the local newspapers that a major drug ring was busted. During the arrest two U.S. Marshals were shot, but not fatally. They say they sold thousands of Kilos on powder cocaine and ounces of crack and was in control of the Central Florida market, during their time in the drug business, which lasted years . And due to this bust it will “put a dent in cocaine trade” in Central Florida. There names are Robin Jean Guillaume – 29, Alex Guerrier – 29, Alphonsia Joycelyn Maxime – 23, Cleophas A. Brown – 43, Gibson LaPointe – 27, Nikki Sharday Bennett – 27.
It was said by law enforcement that they were also involved in other violent crimes, here in Highlands County and abroad and Capt. Randy LaBelle of the Highlands County Sheriff’s Office said he would not elaborate on it. But there are rumors on the streets that a kid is facing the death sentence for a murder and might be doing some life saving speeches in the Highlands County Holding Facility and as a result new murder charges might be announced soon as a result of this bust. And because if everyone on the streets seem to know, most certainly the Sheriff Department also knows, who is claimed to have done it.
According the local news, there guys are facing life in prison, but I do not know if it going to change how things are done in Highlands County too much, because if these guys were as big as they say, they did a good job maintaining a low profile. But you cannot take it from me as a source of who is who in the drug game, because I really do not know much about what is going on with the drugs here in Highlands County. It seems like people were right under my nose slinging big drugs and all I knew was that they were good neighbors. For the past few years though I have lived within an open drug market, but actually I am far removed from the streets. But I hear things and many people on the streets were also surprised by this breaking news. So from my street knowledge about organized crime, I am not sure if we can believe all of the hype.
As we know often when there are drug bust, the authorities exaggerate to make a stronger case and to convince the public that they are really doing something about the crimes on the streets. But for this outfit to have operated for several years, they would have had to have been babies when they were introduced to the game, being most of them are in their 20’s. And to keep such a low profile while committing violent crime in the process, they would have had to have a strong bond of silence and that is not indicative of guys this young. It is not usual for guys that young to make that kind of money and not flash hard. Unless they had an exit plan, which it does not seem they had.
The way I see it when people make careers in selling drugs, either they are not making the bulk of the money and have to stay in the game or they have huge ambitions to make big moves in the drug trade or are connected in a way they cannot get our even if their lives depends on it. And people who want to be really big in drugs either have an exit plan or choose to live the fast life and splurge. But very few people knew about this crew, so I have my suspicions. I mean sure they might have been violent and had enforcers to maintain a status, but that too is not good for business. Because when a click becomes too violent, it brings too much attention to them.
What I think is they got busted because of their violent behaviorisms and not because of 1,000’s of kilos of power cocaine being sold. Because I did not hear about lots of cocaine being recovered during this bust, but I did hear about U.S. Marshals being shot. Hell one of them even got busted for petty theft not too long ago and things like failure to pay child support. These are things that big time drug dealers steer away from to stay under the radar. I will be following their trial, because I do not believe the hype.
Frank Paul Jones