On 08/01/2001, undercover Polk County Sheriff's Office detectives began an undercover investigation into the sale of MDMA (Ecstasy) within the Haines City and Davenport areas of Polk County.
On 08/02/2001, an undercover detective met with Vernon Keith Brown in the attempt to purchase thirty Ecstasy Pills. Mr. Brown rode with the detective to 256 Chris Court Davenport, Florida. Upon arriving at this location the detective and Mr. Brown entered the residence and met with the resident, Karl Gilbert Henderson. The detective handed Mr. Brown $450.00. Mr. Brown handed the $450.00 to Mr. Henderson at which time Mr. Henderson handed thirty (30) Ecstasy Pills to the detective. The detective noticed approximately One (1) pound of Cannabis sitting on a table on the residence. A purchase of One ounce (28 Grams) of Cannabis was purchased from Mr. Henderson for $75.00 by the detective. Upon returning Mr. Brown's home, the detective was introduced to a black male later identified as Franklin Watkins. Mr. Watkins negotiated with the detective on a future purchase of two pounds of Cannabis.
On 08/13/01, the detective responded back to 256 Chris Court Davenport, Florida in attempt to purchase one Hundred (100) Ecstasy Pills from Mr. Henderson. The purchase was prearranged through telephone calls between an undercover detective and Mr. Henderson. Upon arriving at the residence, Mr. Henderson sold one hundred (100) Ecstasy Pills to the detective in exchange for $1,400.00.
On 08/20/01 Mr. Brown contacted the detective via the telephone and advised that he could get a better price on some "beans" (Ecstasy) if he (the detective) was interested. The detective agreed to talk with anyone about better prices. A short time later, the detective received a telephone call from a subject who identified himself as Michael Donnellan. The detective and Mr. Donnellan agreed to meet on 08/21/01 at the Sonny's Barbecue in Haines City to discuss a possible Ecstasy Deal.
On 08/21/01 Mr. Donnellan met with the detective at the above-mentioned location. Mr. Donnellan negotiated an Ecstasy deal for One Thousand (1,000) pills of Ecstasy, 200 pills of Xanax, and ten pounds of Cannabis. The deal was to occur on 08/22/2001. It was going to cost $20,700.00 for all of the above-mentioned narcotics.
On 08/22/01, the detective
met with Mr. Donnellan and another unknown white male (later identified as
Dustin Bullock) at the Texaco Gas Station located at 7110 State Road 544.
Upon meeting the two subjects, the undercover detective confirmed that the
subjects were in possession of the narcotics then gave a signal to the
Sheriff's Office Tactical Drug Unit. Members of the unit moved in
and arrested the two subjects. The two subjects were in possession
of 1,000 Ecstasy Pills, 400 Xanax Pills and 22 Grams of Cannabis.
The Tactical Drug Unit responded to 256 Chris Court Davenport to execute a Search Warrant at Mr. Henderson's residence. Upon the execution of the Search Warrant, 194 Ecstasy Pills were recovered and Mr. Henderson was arrested. Mr. Hardisty was in the front of Mr. Henderson's residence at the time of the Search Warrant and he was found to be in possession of approximately 5 Grams of Methamphetamine and he was arrested.
On 08/23/01, Mr. Franklin
Watkins contacted the undercover detective and advised that he had the
Cannabis that was ordered on 08/01/01. The detective responded to Mr.
Watkin's residence to make the purchase. Upon arrival Mr. Watkins
negotiated a deal of two pounds of cannabis for $1,500.00. Mr. Watkins
left the residence for a short period and returned with an unknown black
male (later identified as Roderick Jermain Cox). Both Mr. Watkins and Mr.
Cox showed the Cannabis to the detective and they were arrested without
incident by the Tactical Drug Unit.
The following is a list of
charges on each subject:
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