Drug Busts Lead To Major Crackdown In Indian River County


Two major drug dealers were recently arrested in what Indian River County Sheriff Deryl Loar calls, quote, "one of the largest drug busts in recent history."

Authorities say 43-year-old Edward Marshall Junior, of Vero Beach, was arrested Aug. 16 after being found with 55 grams of a heroin and fentanyl mix during a traffic stop. Also arrested during that stop was 23-year-old Chandal Sullivan of Fellsmere, according to police. 

Marshall (left), Sullivan (right) Source: IRCSO

Both were charged with trafficking in a controlled substance. 

Marshall was previously arrested in July for possession of heroin, cocaine, and Xanax, resulting in him receiving no bond for the most recent charges. Sullivan remains at the Indian River County Jail on $35,000 bond.

Another man, 69-year-old Romance Jones, was also taken into custody Aug. 18 after he sold drugs to undercover narcotics detectives.

Jones, Source: IRCSO

During the altercation, detectives seized nearly four kilograms of cocaine, more than $46,000 in drug money, 359 grams of marijuana, 13 marijuana plants, and three vehicles. 

Jones faces charges on trafficking cocaine, manufacturing marijuana, and five counts of sale of cocaine within 1,000 feet of a church. Jones is being held at the Indian River County Jail on $986,000 bond.

Loar says the arrests have already had a significant impact on the supply of drugs in Indian River County.

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