Vero Beach Police Bust Alleged Drug Trafficker

A man was arrested with a stash of drugs at his apartment in Vero Beach, Florida.
A man was arrested with a stash of drugs at his apartment in Vero Beach, Florida.

VERO BEACH – Police arrested a drug trafficker Tuesday while responding to a call about gunshots being fired, according to the report.

Vero Beach police received the call at approximately 4:30 a.m. from an apartment building located at 1555 14th Avenue.

When police went to the suspect’s apartment, they could smell the distinct odor of marijuana coming from inside. The odor prompted detectives with the Special Investigations Unit to secure a search warrant of the apartment.

Police detained Michael David Shapiro, 22, who told officers he works as a Seamstress in Vero Beach.

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A search of Shapiro’s bedroom revealed the following:

  • 48 purple MDMA pills (Ecstasy)
  • 1,348 grams of THC/cannabis concentrate
  • 237 grams of loose cannabis
  • 16 grams of methamphetamine
  • Drug paraphernalia including scales, packaging, glass pipes

In the home, police also found ledgers for keeping track of drug transactions and $3,962 in cash.

Shapiro was arrested and charged with Trafficking MDMA Ecstasy, Felony Possession of a Controlled Substance, Felony Possession of Marijuana, Possession of Methamphetamine, and Drug Paraphernalia.

Shapiro was released Wednesday after posting $70,000 bond.

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Jennifer Balakrishnan lives in Vero Beach, Florida. She moved to Indian River County when she was 6-years-old. Jennifer earned a bachelor’s degree at Florida State University. She writes our crime stories and is one of our food/restaurant critics.