SOUTH FORT MYERS, Fla. – Deputies continued to pursue leads in the case of missing 9-year-old Diana Alvarez on Thursday during the arrests of suspected drug dealers who lived blocks from her home on Unique Circle.
Alvarez was last seen at the 3500 block of Unique Circle on May 29. The search for her was suspended a little over a month later, though deputies vowed to follow any leads that arose.
Deputies did not say whether there was a link between the suspected drug dealers who were arrested and the missing girl, but they had investigators at the scene Thursday conducting interviews “in an effort to develop new leads,” according to the Lee County Sheriff’s Office.
Three people were arrested on Alvarez’ street Thursday in addition to four others who were arrested in what deputies said was a three-month drug investigation. The seven people were arrested at several homes on Unique Circle:
- 3809 Unique Circle
- David Brown, 59, is facing three counts for the possession of cocaine
- Sheila Bear, 49, is facing charges for the possession of cocaine and drug paraphernalia
- 3769 Unique Circle
- Chazamine Miller, 27, is facing three counts for the sale of cocaine and facing other charges for the possession of heroin and a controlled substance
- Arnelle Bond, 23, is facing charges for the possession of cocaine, heroin and a controlled substance
- Alvin Davila, 42, of 3746 Unique Circle, is facing charges for the sale and possession of cocaine
- Jerry Carlson, 74, of 3782 Unique Circle, is facing charges for the possession of a controlled substance
- Ted Holzinger, 59, of 3604 Unique Circle, is facing charges for opiate trafficking
Deputies are still looking to arrest two people who are accused of selling cocaine: Cedrick Thomas, 35, of 3317 SW 14th St. in Lehigh Acres, and Matthew Rangel, 33, 6505 Fawn Ln. in Naples. So far, deputies have confiscated heroin, crack cocaine, prescription pain medications, Xanax, Viagra and a handgun as part of this bust.