Lee County Sheriff’s Office Deputies, addressing the many calls for service that are received every New Year’s Eve, responded to the 5500 block of First Avenue in Pine Manor.
Frequently, callers mistake fireworks for gunfire and it is often difficult for deputies, arriving after the incident, to determine what, if anything, occurred. In this instance, deputies searched the area and discovered shell casings. Further investigation resulted in the discovery of unused ammunition.
Following interviews with local residents, the Lee County Sheriff’s Office authored and executed a signed warrant on that same block.
Deputies and detectives located a juvenile, previously adjudicated as delinquent, in possession of a Zastava 7.62 AK pistol, a Taurus 9mm handgun and a Glock 19 9mm midsize handgun. Additionally, detectives located high-capacity magazines accompanying the firearms. Also found were 253 rounds of 7.62 ammunition, 321 rounds of .223 ammunition, and two bullet proof vests.
Additionally found and seized were ten Alprazolam pills, just under 50 grams of Marijuana and a digital scale.
The juvenile, Cesar Alexis Reyes Juarez (DOB 02-23-2002), was taken into custody following an interview at the Lee County Sheriff’s Office West District substation.
Cesar Alexis Reyes Juarez was subsequently charged with four counts of Possession of Weapon or Ammo by Florida Delinquent, Firing Weapon in Public or on Residential Property, Possession of a Controlled Substance, Marijuana Possession over 20 Grams and Violation of Probation.
“This was great work by our West District deputies and detectives,” stated Sheriff Carmine Marceno. “Despite the increased demands created by New Year’s Eve, we responded quickly and seized firearms and a large amount of ammunition from an adjudicated delinquent.”
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