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ARREST MADE IN MAINLANDS MURDER

BSO Case Number: TM03-01-2661 (UPDATED)
PIO Number: 03-1-41
Date: January 21, 2003
Time: 2125
Place of Occurrence: 4806 NW 49 Drive, Tamarac

Victim(s):

  • Roger Forsythe, 37, 5/13/65, male, 4806 NW 49 Drive, Tamarac (DECEASED)

Suspect(s):

  • Ceyone Sutherland, 27, 5/8/75, male, 2451 NW 56 Avenue, Apt. 206, Lauderhill

Description of Incident:

One of the men arrested over the weekend in a drug smuggling operation has also been charged with felony murder in connection with the death of 37-year-old Roger Forsythe, whose body was discovered in his Tamarac home last week.

Through their investigation, Broward Sheriff's Office homicide detectives learned that Ceyone Sutherland delivered several kilograms of cocaine to Forsythe’s Tamarac residence on Tuesday, January 21st, the day of the murder. Sutherland told BSO detectives that while he was at Forsythe’s home, other Jamaican males killed Forsythe, stole the cocaine and fled the residence. After the shooting, Sutherland said he left the residence as well in his AT&T Broadband company issued van.

Relatives of Forsythe contacted the Sheriff’s Office at approximately 9:30 p.m. after they (the relatives) had received an anonymous call from a man who said Roger Forsythe had been shot inside his house in Tamarac. BSO deputies accompanied Forsythe’s family members to his home at 4806 NW 49 Drive in the Mainlands Community, in order to check on his welfare. That’s when they discovered Forsythe’s lifeless body riddled with bullets.

On Saturday, January 25th at approximately 11:30 a.m., agents from the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) and detectives from BSO’s Strategic Investigations Division (SID) arrested Sutherland at his apartment in Lauderhill at 2451 NW 56 Avenue on an unrelated federal charge of Conspiracy to Import Cocaine. Several others were also arrested during this drug trafficking enforcement known as “Operation Ship to Shore.”

In addition to the federal charge, Sutherland also faces a charge of Felony Murder in the First Degree because he knowingly and unlawfully participated in drug deal that resulted in murder.

INVESTIGATORS: Homicide Sgt. J. Murray, and Homicide Dets. G. Bukata & R. Libman, CI
THIS REPORT BY: Veda Coleman-Wright/PIO

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