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Date: 4/25/2006  "For Immediate Release"
To: News Media 
From: Sheriff Grady Judd 
Media Contact:
Wood, Donna
Eleazer, Carrie
863 534-6631 or 287-9840 cell; (863) 534-6217 OR (863) 287-7440 cell 


HIDTA and DEA Task Force Makes 2 Arrests for Trafficking in MDMA 

On 04/25/2006, members of the HIDTA Task Force and DEA Task Force 2 (Tampa) conducted an undercover MDMA (ecstasy) purchase, which was followed immediately by the arrest of two subjects for Trafficking in MDMA. The arrests came as a result of a six-week undercover investigation of suspect Joshua FRABOTTA of Bartow. As a result of this investigation, 5,109 MDMA pills were seized, with a combined weight of approximately 1,418 grams. Street value of the seized pills is in excess of $102,000. The arrests were conducted without incident at the McDonald's restaurant in Bartow. Suspects FRABOTTA and HARTBARGER were booked into the Polk County Jail on state charges pending federal indictments. Details of the arrested subjects are listed below.

  • Joshua Thomas FRABOTTA, W/M, DOB:01/11/1982; 260 W. Van Fleet Road, Bartow, FL

    • Charges:

      • Trafficking in MDMA (5-counts)

      • Conspiracy to Traffic in MDMA

       

  • Christopher Shane HARTBARGER, W/M, DOB:03/04/1982; 315 Indica Court, Bartow, FL

    • Charges:

      • Trafficking in MDMA (1-count)

      • Conspiracy to Traffic in MDMA


 
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