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