Ocala, Florida — On Wednesday, the Unified Drug Enforcement Strike Team (UDEST) obtained a search warrant and raided room number 149 of the Super 8 Motel located at 3924 West Silver Springs Boulevard. As a result, two drug dealers were arrested on a variety of drug and gun charges.
In January, drug agents opened an investigation into an organized group who were utilizing numerous motel rooms at different motels throughout the City of Ocala to sell their drugs. The use of random motel rooms throughout the city was an intentional security measure used by the criminals to minimize the risk of being caught by law enforcement.
Early in the investigation, drug agents discovered that Santini Chishlom was the ring leader and the main drug supplier for the group. Drug agents were able to make several controlled cocaine purchases from Chishlom, which ultimately enabled drug agents to obtain a search warrant for his motel room.
When members of the Ocala Police Department’s SWAT team deployed on the motel room to serve the search warrant Wednesday afternoon, the occupants of the room refused to open the door, at which time forcible entry was made.
Upon entering the room, SWAT members confronted and secured Santini Chisholm, 33, Calvin Willis Jr., 30, and Jaquan Donaldson.
A search of the room revealed two (2) handguns, a bullet proof vest, ammunition, $2,400 in cash, cocaine, crack cocaine, MDMA, marijuana, and an assortment of drug related paraphernalia. Drug agents also discovered that the subjects were in the process of manufacturing (converting) cocaine into crack cocaine when the SWAT team entered the room.
Jaquan Donaldson was released from the scene and was not charged with a crime. However, a white Dodge Charger, which was rented by Donaldson under his name, was released back to the rental agency because Donaldson was allowing Santini Chishlom and Calvin Willis to utilize it for their illegal drug sales.
Santini Chishlom and Calvin Willis are both convicted felons. Santini Chishlom was out on bond for a recent cocaine arrest, in which he was also charged with possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. Chishlom and Willis were both placed under arrest and transported to the Marion County Jail.
Chisholm, of 8950 SE 88th Place, Ocala, was charged with Trafficking MDMA, Trafficking Cocaine, Manufacturing Cocaine, Possession of a Firearm by a Convicted Felon, Possession of Ammunition by a Convicted Felon, Possession of Marijuana over 20 grams, and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. He is being held on $72,000 bond. He has been arrested 18 times and has dozens of felony charges. He has been in and out of jail his entire life.
Willis Jr., of 12 Dogwood Drive Course, Ocala, was charged with Trafficking MDMA, Trafficking Cocaine, Manufacturing Cocaine, Possession of a Firearm by a Convicted Felon and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. He is being held on $61,000 bond. Willis Jr. has also been arrested numerous times.
UDEST is an Initiative of the North Florida High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area based out of Jacksonville, Florida. UDEST is comprised of Marion County Sheriff’s Office deputies and Ocala Police Department officers.