On Friday morning, detectives with the Indian River County Sheriff’s Office along with the Special Weapons and Tactics (S.W.A.T.) Team executed a search warrant in the 1100 block of 16th Avenue SW in Vero Beach. Detectives located and seized a loaded 9mm handgun, 3.7 grams of flakka, 7.4 grams of marijuana, $1,018.00 in drug money, and miscellaneous drug paraphernalia. Andrew Bennefield (27) and Latoya Holmes (35) were both arrested and booked into the Indian River County Jail.
Indian River County Sheriff Deryl Loar stated, “Flakka continues to be a growing problem on the Treasure Coast. One of our top priorities for 2016 is to get this dangerous drug off the streets and out of the hands of our youth. This is another case of convicted felons with a loaded gun selling drugs in our community and we will not tolerate it.” Bennefield and Holmes were both charged with possession of a firearm and ammunition by a convicted felon and possession of less than twenty grams of marijuana. Bennefield received the additional charge of possession of a controlled substance. Both are being held at the Indian River County Jail awaiting first appearance hearings.