10 Alleged Gang Members Busted In Drug Sweep

May 11, 2010

About half of the members of a local gang are now behind bars after a Monday roundup by the Escambia County Sheriff’s Office.

The Sheriff’s Office Gang Unit and agents from the Florida Department of Law Enforcement filed charges against eight known gang members and two gang associates. They were all, according to authorities, members of a criminal street gang known as the “Garnet Circle Boys”, a group that operates primarily out of Brownsville.

Arrested were:

  • George Davis, 22, two counts sale of cocaine, bond $200,000.
  • Myron Dale, 18, two counts sale of cocaine, bond, $100,000.
  • Kareem Black, 21, counts sale of cocaine, bond, $150,000.
  • Joseph F. Booker, 20, one count sale of cocaine, bond, $50,000.
  • Aaron Booker, 18, three counts sale of cocaine, bond, $150,000.
  • Cordeal Hawthorne, 23, two counts sale of cocaine, bond, $100,000.
  • Lawon Dale, 16, two counts sale of cocaine. Juvenile so no bond.
  • Alvin Brock, 19, three counts sale of cocaine, bond $150,000.
  • Darrius Gaston, 15, three counts sale of cocaine, two counts shoplifting, bond, $150,000. (associate member)
  • Dequian Watson, 16, two counts sale of cocaine. Juvenile so no bond. (associate member)

The Gang Unit and FDLE Agents said they believe that there are over 20 documented gang members or associates with this gang and that well over half are now in jail or have active warrants for their arrest.

During the round-up of the suspects, which began about 1:00 Monday afternoon, over $1,200 in cash along with a quantity of cocaine, marijuana and a vehicle were seized. The operation continued through afternoon and evening, with the last suspect being booked into the Escambia County Jail just after 11 p.m.

“This is further proof of the commitment to clean up not only Brownsville but other communities within our county with the continued work by not only our agency but FDLE to eradicate gang activity,” Sheriff David Morgan said.

This investigation still remains open and more arrests are expected as the investigation continues, the Sheriff’s Office said.


8 Responses to “10 Alleged Gang Members Busted In Drug Sweep”

  1. lisa axelrod on November 1st, 2010 12:31 am

    my neice was dating one of the dirt bags arrested..maybe now that sweet young girl can get her life back on the right track…wasted lives saddens me….drug dealers disgust me…they all need 2 be off the street & behind bars!

  2. Angi on May 13th, 2010 8:24 am

    I agree with Rick, also wonderful job once again ECSO…

  3. RIck on May 12th, 2010 10:19 pm

    They want to be gangbangers, give them 20 yr sentences, get them off the streets, let them be tough in jail…

  4. TJ on May 11th, 2010 9:03 pm

    These age’s of these people just is not right they should be getting a good job at this age of some of them and the other should at home taking out the trash for there MOM.. I wish you could send them to BOOT CAMP at my house at age 12 or 13…

  5. DJ Sheffield on May 11th, 2010 12:10 pm


  6. Splat on May 11th, 2010 10:48 am

    good job!!

  7. molinojim on May 11th, 2010 6:45 am

    good job officers. Please be careful.

  8. mary on May 11th, 2010 4:34 am

    Now thats getting the “THUGS” off the street!!! Good Job!! Now go across the street from the jail..Strong St. & S street ..thats another “hot spott” for crack dealers.

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