Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office
Investigative Operations Bureau
-Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT)
Nicholas Antonio Aponte (Suspect – Arrested)
Address: 133 Sabal Court #D, Oldsmar
Charges: Armed Trafficking, Trafficking in Oxycodone, Trafficking in Cocaine, Trafficking in MDMA, Possession of Marijuana (Felony), Possession of a Controlled Substance, Carrying Concealed Firearms (2 counts)
Mason Thomas Aponte (Suspect – Arrested)
Address: 3720 State Road 580, Oldsmar
Charges: Armed Trafficking in Oxycodone, Trafficking in Cocaine, Armed Trafficking in Marijuana, Armed Trafficking in Amphetamine, Trafficking in MDMA, Possession of a Controlled Substance
Karina Cruz-Nonthe (Suspect – Arrested)
Address: 2086 Camellia Drive, Clearwater
Charges: 2 Counts Trafficking in MDMA, Sale and Possession of a Controlled Substance, Armed Trafficking in Oxycodone, Possession of a Controlled Substance (3 Counts), Trafficking in Cocaine, Trafficking in Oxycodone, Trafficking in MDMA, Carrying a Concealed Firearm
Andrew Michael Smith (Suspect – Arrested)
Address: 289 Whisper Lake Road, Palm Harbor
Charge: Possession of Marijuana (Felony), Felon in Possession of a Firearm
PINELLAS COUNTY - Detectives assigned to the Narcotics Division arrested four suspects following the service of two search warrants in Oldsmar.
On August 16, 2021, detectives began an investigation after receiving information that 20-year-old twin brothers, Mason & Nicholas Aponte, were selling large amounts of narcotics from their residence in Oldsmar.
Through various investigative techniques, detectives identified two locations associated with the narcotics sales. During the course of the investigation, detectives also discovered that a female, later identified as 19-year-old Karina Cruz-Nonth, was also selling narcotics from the residence and advertising large quantities of narcotics on her social media accounts.
On September 16, 2021, detectives served search warrants at 133 Sabal Court #D and 100 Old Village Way #4611 in Oldsmar.
The following items were located within the residence located at 133 Sabal Court #D:
The following items were located within the residence located at 100 Old Village Way #4611:
While detectives were serving the search warrants, it was discovered that 24-year-old Andrew Smith was also involved in the narcotics operation. He was located by detectives and found to be in possession of one pound of marijuana and $17,549 in United States currency.
The Aponte brothers were suspects in a search warrant of a hotel room in Oldsmar last year where sixty-seven pounds of marijuana and nine firearms were recovered, as well as the seizure of $140,000. See News Release 20-100
The four suspects were transported to the Pinellas County Jail without incident.
The investigation continues.
Mason Aponte Nicholas Aponte
Karina Cruz-Nonthe Andrew Smith
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