December 7, 2001
Lawrence W. Crow, Jr.
Shanley, (863) 534-6631 or
Arrested on Drug Trafficking Charges
undercover operation by the Polk County Sheriff's Office Bureau of Special
Investigations Narcotics Unit, a Lakeland man was arrested early this
morning (Friday, Dec. 7, 2001) on drug trafficking charges.
Gregory Williams, DOB 8/31/61, of 5203 East Grace Street in Lakeland, was
arrested and charged with Armed Trafficking in Methamphetamine (over 200
grams), Possession of a Firearm by Convicted Felon, Possession of a
Destructive Device, Possession of MDMA (ecstasy), Possession of Alprozolam
(prescription drug) and Possession of Cannabis (less than 20 grams).
He was booked into the Polk County Jail.
As a result of the undercover operation, a search warrant was executed at
Williams' residence late last night. Inside the residence, detectives
discovered 6 pounds of Methamphetamine, 17 ecstasy pills, 100 alprozolam
pills, three firearms, approximately $20,000 worth of suspected stolen
property and $13,056 in cash. All items were seized and taken into
evidence. Also during the search, detectives discovered a stick of
dynamite wrapped with shrapnel and secured together with black tape.
The Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office Bomb Squad responded, secured and
removed the device. No one was injured during the incident.
Another occupant of the residence, Rachel Bell, DOB 8/2/72, of that same
address, was arrested at the scene on an unrelated warrant for Worthless
The investigation is continuing.