Cape Coral man arrested for heroin trafficking

Writer: Derrick Shaw
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A Cape Coral man was arrested for sale and possession of heroin and trafficking in heroin. Neighbors said 20 deputies came to arrest him. The home was right near a children’s daycare.

After a four-month investigation, law enforcement in Lee County arrested Willie Hayden, 32, on Thursday, Nov. 15.

Members of the Lee County Sheriff’s Office and Cape Coral Police Department executed a narcotics search warrant near the 1000 block of SE 11th Street in Cape Coral. Detectives discovered more than 10 grams of heroin at the residence during their search. Hayden sold undercover detectives heroin on several occasions.

The residence is only feet away from Wellington Academy and a few blocks away from Cape Coral City Hall. Neighbors said the area is usually filled with parents dropping kids off during early morning hours.

Hayden is currently on federal probation due to a lengthy history in dealing in narcotics. Hayden also has eleven prior arrests in Lee County for various narcotics and weapon offenses.

After further investigation, it was discovered that Hayden was in possession of a safe deposit key for a bank in Cape Coral. A second search warrant was authored for access to the deposit box. Once opened, more than $51,000 was found inside. The money was taken for forfeiture as illegal drug proceeds.

Hayden is out of jail on bond Friday night.

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