After a month of undercover operations, Miami-Dade County police detectives say they’ve picked up a faculty safety guard moonlighting as a cocaine and marijuana supplier whereas on breaks from holding youngsters protected. Jamie Green, who labored at Felix Varela Senior High School in West Kendall, was booked Tuesday on a number of expenses of dealing medicine. According to a warrant, a suspected buyer of Green advised officers that he had been shopping for from the safety guard on his campus breaks for a number of years.
The 43 yr old-fashioned district worker has not been accused of promoting medicine to the scholars of Felix Varela High, although the Miami Herald reported that police are “still exploring the possibility.” Investigators declare that his follow was to go away the varsity to conduct enterprise. Green’s alleged modus operandi was to make gross sales whereas nonetheless sporting his safety guard uniform at a fuel station near the varsity. Felix Varela High is situated in an unincorporated group that lies alongside the west aspect of the Florida Turnpike.
This fall, the ACLU launched an evaluation of Miami-Dade County arrest and reserving knowledge suggesting that Black Floridians are 4 occasions extra doubtless than whites to be arrested. The similar research discovered that Black individuals are 5.5 occasions extra more likely to be convicted of a criminal offense, and six occasions extra more likely to be incarcerated consequently. In a county the place Black individuals make up 17 % of the inhabitants, they accounted for 38 % of complete arrests. Apprehensions of Black individuals for minor hashish costs is definitely on the rise, even after Miami-Dade county commissioners handed a decision in 2015 decriminalizing marijuana possession of lower than 20 grams.
Green was arrested after a month-long undercover operation that was undertaken in a collaboration involving the Miami-Dade County narcotic bureau, Hammocks District Station, and the state lawyer’s workplace. Apparently, an informant (whose id has not been launched) purchased medicine a number of occasions from Green in October whereas beneath police surveillance. Florida’s drug-free zone legal guidelines state that the severity of drug offenses rise one diploma when they’re dedicated inside 1,000 ft of faculties or different protected establishments.
On Monday, cops discovered their alternative to maneuver. A person named Alberto Ferro allegedly purchased cocaine from Green, who was in his automotive on the time. When Green noticed detectives approaching on foot, he tried to drive away and even tried to swallow his drug inventory, in line with a search warrant.
The subsequent day, detectives carried out a raid on Green’s residence. They reported discovering virtually 30 grams of cocaine, 790 grams of hashish, and over $2,000 in money.
Felix Varela High School opened in 2000 to assist with overcrowding points on the close by G. Holmes Braddock and Miami Sunset High Schools. It is situated in Kendall, Florida, the place the 2010 US Census reported that 63.7 % of the inhabitants identifies as Hispanic or Latino. The faculty was named for an exiled Cuban priest recognized for his work in human rights advocacy.
On Twitter, people figuring out themselves as Varela High college students and alumni expressed shock at Green’s apprehension. But apparently, some noticed sure suspicions confirmed. “Lmao that’s what I was saying,” commented Twitter consumer AM6ITIOUS on an article that reported the safety guard’s arrest. “Ain’t no way Varela paycheck was responsible for that Cadillac.”