A two-day drug operation conducted by the Unified Drug Enforcement Strike Team, or UDEST, resulted in the arrest of eight people and the seizure of a variety of drugs as well as a stolen vehicle.


The initiative began April 28 and concluded on April 29, with Marion County Sheriff’s Office deputies and Ocala Police Department officers assisting their counterparts.


UDEST is composed of local, state and federal officials.


The focus was along Interstate 75, with the goal being to stop the flow of illegal narcotics on the roadways, identifying drug trafficking organizations, sharing information with other law enforcement agencies, preventing crime and keeping the road safe for motorists.


In the two days, drug agents made more than 55 traffic stops, confiscated drugs that include fentanyl, heroin and cocaine, recovered a stolen vehicle and arrested more than a half a dozen people.


Those arrested and their charges are:


Fredrick Tyrone Perryman, 18, of Gainesville, whose charges include possession of marijuana and aggravated assault on a law enforcement officer. Marion County Jail records show Perryman was released Friday on $43,500 bond.


Eliiah Michael Oliver, 18, of Gainesville, whose charges include possession of a firearm by a delinquent adult and violation of probation. He was released on his own recognizance on April 29.


Kiontaya Lamar Presley, 19, of Gainesville, was charged with possession of marijuana not more than 20 grams. He was released on his own recognizance on April 29.


Demetrius A. Marcel Jones-Ross, 28, of Gainesville, was charged with possession of marijuana not more than 20 grams, possession of drug paraphernalia and driving while license is suspended or revoked. He was released on April 29 on $3,000 bond.


Jaemarea Lamon Amey, 20, no location listed. His charges include aggravated assault on a law enforcement animal and resisting an officer without violence. Released May 2, his bond was $20,000.


Deborah D’alessandro Stapf, 62, of Summerfield, was charged with possession of heroin and drug paraphernalia. Stapf was released April 30 on $3,000 bond.


Terry Floyd Cook, 47, of Ocala, whose charges include trafficking fentanyl and possession of cocaine. As of Saturday, he was still at the jail on $30,000 bond.


Christina Laura Boone, 47, of New Port Richey, was charged with possession of suboxone and was released on $2,000 bond on April 30.


Stacie Allison Moring, 28, of Ocala. She was given a notice to appear for possession of marijuana not more than 20 grams, and was not booked in the county jail.


Contact Austin L. Miller at 867-4118, austin.miller@starbanner.com or @almillerosb.