Date: April 19, 2001 "For Immediate Release"
To: News Media
From: Sheriff Lawrence W. Crow, Jr.
Media Contact:

Sterling Ivey, (863) 534-6377 or 819-0221, pager

23 Pounds of Cannabis Seized in a Babson Park Residence

Polk County Sheriff's Office Agricultural Deputies arrested 4 individuals who detectives believe are responsible for several residential burglaries in the 
Crooked Lake area of Polk County and growing cannabis plants in Babson Park. 

The following were arrested and charged:

* William Douglas, DOB 10/18/74, of 94 Atlantic Ave. in Babson Park, charged with Possession of Cannabis less than 20 grams, and Possession of a Controlled 
Substance.

* Andre Lewis, DOB 2/23/85, of 911 Mangham Rd. in Babson Park, charged with Burglary, Grand Theft, Resisting an Officer without Violence, Cultivation of 
Cannabis, and Possession of Cannabis less than 20 grams.

* Jemery Black, DOB 6/21/80, of 656 Rainbow Blvd. in Babson Park, charged with Possession of Cannabis less than 20 grams.

* Abraham Manriquez, DOB 4/25/80, of 131 Bonita Pkwy. in Babson Park, charged with Resisting an Officer without Violence, Possession of Cannabis less than 20 grams, and Cultivation of Cannabis.

The investigation began after a PCSO Agricultural Deputy learned that a suspect possibly involved in recent burglaries in the Crooked Lake area was at his 
residence. Deputy Sheriff Shawn Stephenson met Lewis at his Mangham Road residence and recovered some of the stolen property from previously reported burglaries. 

During an interview with Lewis, he attempted to flee the residence but he was captured a short distance away.   Lewis admitted to deputy's that he had also stolen a golf cart on 4/17/01 from a residence on Alt. 27. The golf cart was recovered at the end of Bonita Parkway in Babson Park. Since his arrest, Lewis has admitted to several burglaries in the north Crooked Lake area.

Deputies also learned that Lewis was growing cannabis plants in an area at the end of Bonita Parkway. When deputies arrived at the scene, Black and Marquez were seen leaving the area where the small plants were growing. Both men were also found to be in possession of small baggies of cannabis. 

As the investigation continued, Deputy Stephenson also learned that a large quantity of cannabis was located at another residence in Babson Park. Deputies made contact with Douglas who gave consent to search his home. During the search, deputies seized 23 pounds of cannabis, 1 Ruger Semi-Automatic handgun, 49 Valium pills, 137 unidentified pills, 4 Ecstasy pills, and 
167 Xanax pills. Douglas was arrested and booked into the Polk County jail.

The investigation is continuing and additional arrests and charges are pending.

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