Saturday, March 05, 2011
Elrick “Big E” Wynn’s March 2000 Federal indictment of 20 people in a trafficking probe of what was once described as the biggest crack cocaine ring ever to operate in St. Petersburg. The group is accused of conspiring to distribute 5 kilograms (11 pounds) or more of cocaine and 50 grams (1.75 ounces) or more of crack in the past seven years. Eight of the suspects, including the operation’s alleged leader, Elrick Bernard Wynn of St. Petersburg, have not been caught. Elrick Bernard Wynn, whose 42nd birthday was Wednesday Feb. 11th, 2011.
The March 2000 arrests were the result of a second round of indictments in the ongoing St Pete Federal investigation being conducted by the DEA, FBI, U.S. Marshal’s Service, IRS, St. Petersburg police and Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office.
The U.S. Attorney’s Office called the Wynn organization the “Microsoft” of St. Petersburg when the law broke up the violent drug ring in 1998. But its Bill Gates had already escaped.
“Big E” Wynn learned the business from the drug kingpins before him, authorities say, then supplanted and surpassed them. But they got caught. He got away, thanks to a last-minute tip.
It has been 14 years since anyone with a badge has laid eyes on Wynn. Those who still see him tell police he’s like a “ghost.” Did he fake his death or was he killed? Did he flee to the Virgin Islands? Does he still scratch his gambling itch in Las Vegas and Biloxi? Does he still sneak into St Pete to visit his mother and family?
U.S. marshals are also offering a $10,000 reward for information that leads to his arrest. Authorities hope that will help them finally capture him. Money isn’t an issue for Wynn, authorities say. He may also have another advantage: impeccable fake credentials. One of the men authorities arrested in 1998 was a driver’s license clerk who they say provided Wynn and his employees with legitimate Florida driver’s licenses issued to fake names. Authorities say they still have no idea how many of those IDs he may have.Authorities believe Big “E” Wynn, 42, uses disguises to visit his mother and family and drive around St. Petersburg without scrutiny. His mother, Margianna Speights, once told a federal grand jury she doesn’t know where her son is. Elrick Bernard Big “E” Wynn is 6-foot-2 and over 260-pounds has boxed and worked out in the past.
COP KILLER Hydra Lacy, 39, Linked to On the Run St Pete Drug Kingpin Elrick Big “E” Wynn, 42, on America’s Most Wanted March 6th, 2011. Hydra Lacy was 6 foot 4 and over 300-pounds.
ST. PETERSBURG – A boxing trainer who met Hydra Lacy, Jr. described Lacy as someone with a troubled past who seemed to be turning his life around. Dan Birmingham owns the St. Pete Boxing club, and trained Lacy’s younger brother, Jeff Lacy, a boxer who gained fame around the world. Birmingham says Hydra Lacy would sometimes visit the club.
Officer Jeffrey Yaslowitz and Sgt. Thomas Baitinger died trying to bring Hydra Lacy Jr. out of the attic. A U.S. marshal took two bullets and lived. It was the first police shooting in the city in 30 years. Nearly a week later, no one seems to know how long Lacy hid in the attic, what weapon he carried, or why he was at the house. He’d been on the lam for weeks. Hydra Lacy started building a rap sheet: burglary, larceny and auto theft by 17. Aggravated battery on a law enforcement officer a couple of years later. Facing 30 years, he had been offered a plea arrangement that would have given him 10 years, according to the prosecutor. But when he failed to show, his bail was revoked and so was the deal. Prosecutors planned to take Lacy to trial and seek a 30-year prison sentence.
On Nov. 2, 2010 a warrant for Hydra Lacy’s arrest was transmitted from the court to the Sheriff’s Office. “He had it made up in his mind that he wasn’t going back,” said Newton. “I think he got tired, and when he was backed into a corner …” A few days before, Lacy had stopped by Willie Mae Norton’s house. “I’m on the run,” he said. “I’m not going back to prison.” He told her he had a friend out of town, and it would be awhile before she saw him again. (St Pete Drug Kingpin Elrick Big “E” Wynn?).
The hunt is on for Elrick Wynn. U.S. Marshals deputies are seeking Wynn who most likely is still gambling, has someone possibly driving him around, has obtained a new fake ID and periodically in and out of the St. Petersburg area. He has a tattoo on his left bicep that reads “THE WYNN” in uppercase letters.