Suspect Michael Earp was one of about 35 suspects indicted this month by the grand jury on two counts of selling Ecstasy as part of Operation Clean Sweep, said Police spokesman Kyle Evans. He lives near John Pittard Elementary
School and Oakland High School.
“When officers made his arrest, Earp, a convicted felon, was in possession in his home of a loaded semi-automatic handgun, marijuana and other drug paraphernalia,” Evans said.
If convicted, Earp will face a stronger sentence because the drugs were sold within 1,000 feet of a school, the spokesman said.
“Many of those arrested in this roundup sold drugs in drug-free school zones or near public parks,” Evans reported. “Many of those arrested today are not strangers to law enforcement and have proven to be dangerous criminals.”
Police seized five vehicles used in transporting drugs and several thousands in cash believed from drug proceeds during the roundup, he said.
Vice detectives launched the investigation several months ago. The suspects were indicted on charges of selling illegal drugs including Ecstasy, crack cocaine, powder cocaine and marijuana.
“This is just one part of the department’s overall effort to get drugs, guns and those who would sell those items off the streets and into the criminal justice system,” Evans said.
Other suspects charged so far are:
• Shane Sanders, sale of Schedule II drug.
• Nicholas Wade, maintaining a dwelling for the sale of
• Wyakia Martin, three counts of sale of Schedule II
• Robert Gates, sale of marijuana.
• Eric Jarvis, sale of Schedule I drug.
• Kionna Roper, two counts of sale of Ecstasy.
• Trinity Sanders, three counts of sale of Schedule II
• Brandi Brown, 56 counts of prescription fraud.
• Deanna Hobbs, 56 counts of prescription fraud.
Vice officers will continue to round up the suspects who
will receive copies of their indictments Dec. 15 in Circuit