Deputies say Sanford couple had 13-year-old child complete drug deals
By Kayla O'Brien, Web Producer -
SANFORD, Fla. (WOFL FOX 35 ORLANDO) -
Seminole County sheriff's deputies on Thursday arrested a Sanford couple, accused of using their son to sell drugs. They had their first appearance before a judge on Friday afternoon.
Agents say they conducted a series of undercover operations and made drug purchases at a home on Windtree Court and identified 32-year-old Marko Capers and 35-year-old Keyanta Capers as the persons involved with the drug deals.
"We served a search warrant at the residence," said Kim Cannady, spokesperson for the Sheriff's Office. "We discovered additional pills inside the bedroom, inside a top dresser drawer, and at the conclusion of the search warrant, we arrested both parties."
Investigators said they had been building a drug case against the Capers since September. They said that, on at least one occasion, the couple had their 13-year-old child complete a sale of illegal drugs from their home.
"We don't believe that the 13 year old willingly sold the drugs," said Cannady. "He was instructed by his father actually on how to do it, to give a certain person the pills and to take the money."
Deputies said that, during the search at the home Thursday, agents located numerous illegal prescription pills and quantities of MDMA, more commonly known as "ecstasy" or "Molly."
Now, authorities are working to ensure that the four children living in the home aren't in danger.
"Anytime we see criminal activity of this nature taking place inside the home, child protective services is absolutely going to step in," said Cannady. "They're going to evaluate the situation and make sure those kids are given the resources that they need."
The couple remains in the John E. Polk Correctional Facility on a no-bond status, facing charges of trafficking prescription drugs, drug possession, and involving a child in the sale of drugs. They will have another hearing scheduled for March.