BREVARD COUNTY, Fla. - Three Cocoa women involved in the methamphetamine drug trade were arrested Sunday and charged with first-degree premeditated murder in the death of a 39-year-old woman, Brevard County sheriff's deputies said.
The victim, Danielle Jacobs, had been reported missing and was last seen by her roommate on Aug. 21 in Rockledge.
The suspects, Jessica Elizabeth Brewer, 31; Dhanvantarivisnu Cramer, 33; and Alexandria J. Schmidt, 32; remain incarcerated without bond at the Brevard County Jail Complex.
They also face charges of false imprisonment and tampering with or fabricating physical evidence.
Goodyear said all four women were involved in the manufacture, distribution and use of methamphetamine.
Witnesses told investigators that the suspects attacked Jacobs at Schmidt's west Cocoa home in the 1900 block of Lazy Lane, a short residential street off Lake Drive west of Clearlake Road because they believed Jacobs was providing information to law enforcement about the group's illegal activities.
After the attack, the suspects moved Jacobs' body — along with other evidence — to another location to try to conceal the death, according to deputies.
Goodyear did not disclose the location, citing the ongoing investigation.
"It's very sad that life has such little meaning to those involved with drugs like meth," Sheriff Jack Parker stated in a press release. "It is all the more reason we need to be vigilant in ridding our community of those that make and sell it.
"I am very proud how the deputies pieced together what took place and who was involved after the suspects' extreme efforts to destroy evidence. It's a good feeling to bring such callous people to justice," Parker stated.
Jacobs' body was transported to the Medical Examiner's Office in Rockledge, where an autopsy is scheduled for Tuesday. The cause of death has not been determined.
Anyone with information about this homicide is urged to call Crimeline at 800-423-TIPS.
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