Date: October 7, 2000 "For Immediate Release"
To: News Media
From: Sheriff Lawrence W. Crow, Jr.
Media Contact: Sterling Ivey, 863 534-6377 or 819-0221 pager
1 Arrested, 11 Pounds of Methamphetamine Seized

Following an undercover investigation by Polk County Sheriff's Office, detectives arrested 1 Auburndale man early this morning on drug charges. During the operation, detectives seized 11 pounds of methamphetamine, over $47,000 in U.S. currency, 4 vehicles and 2 Jet Skis. 

"This is the third largest methamphetamine seizure in the county's history," said Polk County Sheriff Lawrence W. Crow, Jr. "The members of the HIDTA task force and the Polk County Sheriff's Office should be congratulated for their hard work." 

Arrested and charged was: Jose Corona, DOB 03/18/69, of 211 Elaine Drive in Auburndale, charged with trafficking in methamphetamine over 400 grams. 

Sheriff's Office detectives received information that the suspect was dealing large quantities of methamphetamine from the Elaine Drive address. A search warrant was executed by Sheriff's Office detectives at 211 Elaine Drive in Auburndale, the residence of Jose Corona, and over $47,000 dollars in U.S. currency was recovered, 11 pounds of methamphetamine (4,998 grams with a street value of $100 per gram), 2 jet skis, and the following 4 vehicles: 

1994 Dodge Full Size Truck 1995 
Chevrolet Conversion Van 
2 Late 90's Model Ford F-150 Full Size Trucks 

The HIDTA (High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area) Task Force includes detectives from the Polk County Sheriff's Office, Lakeland Police Department, Winter Haven Police Department, and the DEA. 

The suspect was arrested and booked into the Polk County Jail on $500,000 bond. The case will be presented to the U.S. Attorney's Office for Federal prosecution. The investigation is continuing.

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