NETFORCE: Operation Raising Cane

Nine people have been arrested as part of Operation Raising Cane, an effort to get alleged drug
dealers, drug traffickers, and illicit drugs, off the streets of Southwest Florida.

The Hendry County Sheriff’s Office led the operation with assistance from the State Attorney’s
Office Narcotics Enforcement Task Force (NETFORCE), the Drug Enforcement Administration
West Palm Beach District Office, and the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office.

Warrants were served at more than a dozen locations during the last four days. Contraband
seized during search warrants as part of this investigation and operation include: 73.5 grams of
heroin, 38.3 grams of cocaine, 70.6 grams of Oxycodone, 5.4 grams of prescription pills, 13.1
grams of Xanax, 4 firearms, Ballistic Body Armor, and $15,000.00 in cash.

The individuals arrested during this operation are: Russell Crespo, Rogelio Villalobos, Amanda
Santiago, Yajaira Crespo, Rolando Garcia, Tavares Thicklin, Thomas Horace, Samuel Howard,
and Viviana Ramirez. All suspects were arrested in Hendry County.

The arrests are for various charges including Conspiracy to Distribute Narcotics, Sale of
Narcotics within 1000 ft. of a Church, School or Park, and Unlawful Use of Two-Way
Communication Devices to Commit Felonies.

Samantha Syoen
Communications Director
State Attorney’s Office