Date: January 6, 2000 "For Immediate Release"
To: News Media
From: Sheriff Lawrence W. Crow, Jr.
Media Contact: Sterling Ivey, 863 534-6377 or 819-0221 pager
Joint Investigation Breaks Up Methamphetamine Lab

A joint investigation conducted by detectives with the DEA Methamphetamine Task Force and the Polk County HIDTA (High Intensity Drug Traffic Area) Task Force resulted in two search warrants being executed on Tuesday, January 6, 2000 at 115 Edgewood Drive in Winter Haven and 7623 Lake Mable Loop Road in Dundee.

Arrested were:

John Terranova, DOB 8/22/64, of 115 Edgewood Drive, Winter Haven. Charges include conspiracy to traffic and trafficking in methamphetamine in excess of 200 grams.

Gary Owens, DOB 12/13/43, of 7623 Lake Mable Loop Road, Dundee. Charges include conspiracy to traffic and trafficking in methamphetamine in excess of 200 grams.

The DEA Methamphetamine Task Force includes detectives from the Drug Enforcement Agency, Polk County Sheriff's Office, Pasco County Sheriff's Office and the Tampa Police Department. The Polk County HIDTA Task Force includes detectives from the Polk County Sheriff's Office, Lakeland Police Department, Winter Haven Police Department and Haines City Police Department. To ensure the safety of citizens and task force members, the Polk County HAZMAT team was present to assist in the safe removal of chemicals.

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