Local drug busts become federal cases

Three drug and weapons possession busts by Key West city cops turned into federal cases last week.

Oscar Leo Edwards, 30, Harry Bacon, Jr., 57, and De’Lante Shaquille McCoy, 23, face decades each in federal prison after separate grand juries indicted them last week on multiple felony drug charges and charges of possession of firearms and ammunition by a convicted felon.

According to Edwards’ June 30 indictment, he dealt cocaine at a CVS Pharmacy parking lot and at the Porter Place public housing complex in Key West on Dec. 9, 2015. During those alleged drug transactions, Edwards was carrying a Baretta .25 caliber pistol loaded with five bullets.

Edwards, who has a lengthy criminal record dating back to 2004, faces a maximum of 20 years each on two counts of possession with intent to distribute cocaine, and a possible life sentence for having the gun and ammunition. Details of the transactions are not clear. Much of the court filings in the case have been sealed.

Bacon is accused of twice carrying a loaded .380 caliber pistol and possessing with intent to deal cocaine in April and May this year, according to the indictment. Each of the weapons possession charges carry a maximum 10 years in prison, and the cocaine charge could land him in prison for 20 years.

Bacon was arrested in the Keys several times since 2009.

McCoy faces 20 years in prison for possession with intent to deal cocaine and 10 years for carrying a loaded Glock 9 mm pistol. The drug transactions allegedly happened in December.

There is also not much mentioned in McCoy’s and Bacon’s indictments. Other documents in their file are sealed as well.

David Goodhue: 305-440-3204