Deputies put suspected drug dealers on notice with unique yard signs

Deputies put suspected drug dealers on notice with unique yard signs (WPEC)

Sticking it to suspected drug dealers, the St. Lucie County Sheriff's Office is using a unique way to put folks who are up to no good on notice. Signs that read "This drug house; Closed for Business" were recently placed at two homes while being raided for drugs by detectives in the Fort Pierce area.

"I think it's a neat idea," said Matthew Wagner, a neighbor who lives two doors down from a so-called "drug house."

"It's pretty interesting. I am glad they are doing stuff like that so they can let the community know."

Sheriff's detectives have identified drug dealers that they believe are responsible for selling and distributing heroin and Fentanyl.

On Tuesday, detectives served a search warrant North U.S. 1, off of Old U.S. Hwy 1, and arrested Eric Vanhoten, Rachael Rhodes and Kristen Vanhoten for selling drugs. Seized in this arrest were 14 grams (88 capsules) of heroin.

Detectives conducted another search warrant on Wednesday at a home on Banyan Street and Fort Pierce Boulevard in Lakewood Park and arrested drug dealer Irvin Mack. Mack was in possession of crack cocaine, prescription pills and Suboxone strips, deputies said. The Search Warrant resulted in the seizure of 14 grams of Molly, 3 grams of Fentanyl, drug paraphernalia and ammunition. Mack is a convicted felon with an extensive history of drug trafficking, according to the Sheriff's Office.

"We will continue to rid our community of these monsters who have no regard for what they sell or who they sell it to, the lives they destroy and the harm they cause," said Sheriff Ken J. Mascara.