Boynton Beach: Arrests confirm residents’ fears

By Willie Howard

    Two women were arrested in the penthouse of the Marina Village condominium at Boynton Harbor Marina on Dec. 12 after meeting an undercover police officer in the parking garage and offering him sex and drugs.
    According to a Boynton Beach police report, an undercover officer called a woman who arranged for him to meet her that Friday afternoon in the Marina Village parking garage.
    The woman, later identified as Samantha Marx, 27, introduced him to another woman she described as her roommate.
    After going upstairs to the penthouse, the officer found mirrors, razor blades, pipes and a bottle containing an “off white rock-type substance,” the police report said.
    As a result, Karen Sue Maldonado, 54, of Boynton Beach, was charged with possession of cocaine with intent to sell, possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of a controlled substance and renting space for prostitution.
    Marx was charged with soliciting prostitution.
    Their arrests confirm complaints by Marina Village residents that the lower floors of the parking garage, which are set aside for public parking, have been used for drug deals and prostitution.

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