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PCSO News Release

Media Contact:
Wood, Donna

Public Information Officer 
News Date: 4/17/2015 

 Operation DÉJÀ VU Joint Investigation Leads to Breakup of Major Methamphetamine Distribution Network 


A joint methamphetamine drug trafficking organization investigation between Polk County Sheriff’s Office High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area Task Force (HIDTA), the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office, Florida Highway Patrol Criminal Interdiction Unit, the Drug Enforcement Administration (Orlando District Office and Tampa District Office), and The Florida Attorney General's Office of Statewide Prosecution, Pam Bondi, Attorney General, culminated this week with multiple search warrants served and arrests made on Wednesday, April 15, 2015. 

In total, detectives seized approximately $92,000 (currency), 30 pounds of methamphetamine, 2 ½ pounds of marijuana, 7 vehicles, 72 firearms, and obtained 22 arrest warrants, executed 9 search warrants, and arrested 22 suspects.  The approximate street value of the methamphetamine is $1,362,000. 

Background; Operation Hoodoo Voodoo: 

In March 2014 detectives identified 25 suspects involved in an organized drug trafficking enterprise through extensive investigation.  The investigation identified the organization’s source of methamphetamine supply as Javier Flores, aka: “El Don.”  Flores resided in southern California and managed large scale methamphetamine shipments to Lakeland, Florida, Atlanta, Georgia, and Las Vegas, Nevada through southern California from Mexico.  The organization included a network of couriers, managers, distributors and customers.  It was also learned that the targets of that investigation consulted a Voodoo priest who would provide predictions, prophecies and readings regarding the organization’s decisions and welfare.  

In total, The Polk County Sheriff’s Office High Intensity Drug Trafficking Areas (HIDTA) Task Force seized 106 firearms, approximately 43 pounds of Methamphetamine (19,504.5 grams), $334,404.00 US currency, 6 ballistic vests, 7 vehicles, a four wheeler, lawn equipment and made 26 arrests.    

During post arrest interviews of the suspects, it was learned that “El Don” also supplied methamphetamine to a Hispanic male living in Polk County, Florida, who was subsequently identified as Christopher Lynn Trejo (DOB: 12/14/1982). Detectives consequently began looking into Trejo’s illicit activities and initiated Operation Déjà vu. 

Operation Déjà vu: 

After developing intelligence information that indicated Christopher Lynn Trejo was the head of a large scale drug trafficking organization (DTO) based out of Polk County, Florida, detectives with the Polk County Sheriff’s Office High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area Task Force (HIDTA) and the above mentioned agencies began an extensive investigation into the Trejo DTO. During the investigation, it was learned that Dawn Hulett and Billy Ray Monday of Lake Wales, Florida, as well as other co-conspirators were being supplied trafficking amounts of methamphetamine from Trejo.  Hulett and Monday were distributing methamphetamine out of their residence located at 7637 Coral Gables Drive, Lake Wales, Florida.  Through subsequent investigation, detectives identified multiple other suspects and co-conspirators linked to Trejo, from sources of supply (from whom he obtained methamphetamine), to those to whom he sold methamphetamine. 

On Wednesday, April 15, 2015, Polk County Sheriff’s Office High Intensity Drug Trafficking Areas (HIDTA) Task Force detectives and the detectives from the above mentioned law enforcement agencies, served nine search warrants in Polk and Hillsborough Counties, and arrested 15 suspects who were involved in the Trejo DTO.  An additional suspect (1) was arrested Thursday, three on Friday, April 17, 2015, and three suspects were arrested previously during the investigation (total of 22 arrested during the months long investigation).  2 ½ pounds of marijuana was also seized. 

Of the 22 arrested in the operation, 4 told detectives they were receiving Federal/public assistance. 

Between the two investigations, a combined total of 74 pounds of methamphetamine, with a street value of $3,258,000 was seized. 

On Wednesday, April 15, 2015, search warrants were served at the following residences:

Polk:

1.    7637 Coral Gables Drive, Indian Lake Estates, Florida (Hulett and Monday’s residence) - Detectives locate 60 firearms, $4,000 in U.S. currency, and a small amount of methamphetamine.

2.    3246 David Street, Lake Wales, Florida (David Carnley’s residence) - Detectives located 15 ounces of methamphetamine. David Carnley has previously been to Federal Prison for Trafficking Methamphetamine in 1993 from Polk County, Florida.

3.    3430 Mountain Lake Cutoff Road, Lake Wales, Florida (Trejo’s father’s residence) - Detectives located 1 firearm and 6 cell phones believed to belong to Chris Trejo. Trejo would use this residence to meet customers and suppliers during many of his drug transactions.

4.    126 Emerald Ave, Lake Wales, Florida (Andre Mitchell’s residence) - Detectives located approximately 2 pounds of marijuana. 

5.    221 La Combee Drive, Polk City, Florida (Fernando Tejeda-Tejeda’s residence) - Detectives located approximately 3 pounds of methamphetamine and 3 firearms.

6.    4460 Fruitville Avenue, Lake Wales, Florida (Roberto Lopez Sempo’s residence) - Detectives found a user amount of cannabis and drug paraphernalia.  Previously, undercover detectives purchased methamphetamine from the residence.

7.    58 Kristin Loop East, Bowling Green, Florida (Jose Zaragoza’s residence) - Detectives found drug paraphernalia.  Zaragoza has been deported from the United States two prior times, once in 2005 after being arrested in Polk County, Florida with five (5) pounds of methamphetamine.  During the investigation undercover detectives purchased methamphetamine out of this residence from Zaragoza. 

Hillsborough:

8.    4125 Spring Way Circle, Valrico, Florida (Christopher Trejo’s residence) - Detectives found and seized approximately $8,400.00 in US currency, two vehicles and approximately 3.5 grams of methamphetamine.

9.    3016 Edge Lane, Lithia, Florida (Katherine Hataway’s residence) - Detectives seized $4,000 in US currency and approximately 10 ounces of methamphetamine. 

As a result of information gathered during the investigation, investigators also visited two additional residences: 

1.    219 Anarece Ave, Auburndale, Florida (Daniel Tavira-Santander’s residence) - Detectives seized 6 firearms and approximately $2,000 in US currency.

2.    245 Hilltop Street, Davenport, Florida (Rafael Rivera-Calaf’s residence) - Detectives seized approximately $2,400 in US currency and one vehicle. 

Those arrested were:

1.    Christopher Lynne Trejo

·         DOB: 12/14/1982

·         Address: 4125 Spring Way Circle, Valrico, Florida

·         Charges: Conspiracy to Traffic Methamphetamine over 400 Grams, Unlawful use of  Communications Device, Money Laundering, Maintaining Dwelling for Drug Use and Trafficking Methamphetamine

·         Trejo’s previous criminal arrest history includes 3 felonies, and 4 misdemeanors. 

2.    Daniel Tavira-Santander

·         DOB: 12/14/1981

·         Address: 219 Anarece Avenue, Auburndale, Florida

·         Charges: Conspiracy to Traffic Methamphetamine over 200 Grams, and Unlawful Use of Communications Device

·         Tavira-Santander’s previous criminal arrest history includes 11 felonies, 6 misdemeanors, 2 unknown level crimes and one failure to appear.

3.    Jose Ruiz-Zaragoza   (aka: Pedro Ortuno Ramos)

·         DOB: 10/14/1975

·         Address: 58 Kristin Loop East, Bowling Green, Florida

·         Charges: Conspiracy to Traffic Methamphetamine over 200 grams & Unlawful use of a Communication Device

·         Ruiz-Zaragoza’s previous criminal arrest history includes 2 felonies. 

·         Ruiz-Zaragoza has two prior deportations and is currently in the US illegally

4.    Volnavia Warters

·         DOB: 02/05/1988

·         Address: 4125 Spring Way Circle, Valrico, Florida

·         Charges: Conspiracy to Traffic Methamphetamine over 200 grams & Unlawful Use of a Communication Device

·         Warters previous criminal arrest history includes 1 felony and 5 misdemeanors.

5.    Brian Wilson

·         DOB: 10/12/1978

·         Address: 701 Greenleaf Lane, Lake Wales, Florida

·         Charges: Conspiracy to Traffic Methamphetamine over 28 grams & Unlawful use of a communication Device

·         Wilson’s previous criminal arrest history includes 5 felonies, 6 misdemeanors, and 2 unknown level charges.

6.    Andre’ Sherrod Mitchell

·         DOB: 05/05/1982

·         Address: 126 Emerald Avenue, Lake Wales, Florida

·         Charges: Conspiracy to Traffic Methamphetamine over 200 grams & Unlawful Use of a Communication Device

·         Mitchell has no previous criminal arrest history.

7.    Billy Ray Monday

·         DOB: 12/06/1963

·         Address: 7637 Coral Gables Drive, Indian Lake Estates, Florida

·         Charges: Conspiracy to Traffic Methamphetamine over 28 grams & Maintaining a Dwelling

·         Monday’s previous criminal arrest history includes 1 felony, 8 misdemeanors, and 2 unknown level charges.

8.    Dawn Hulett

·         DOB: 01/06/1967

·         Address: 7637 Coral Gables Drive, Indian Lake Estates, Florida

·         Charges: Conspiracy to Traffic Methamphetamine over 28 grams, Maintaining a Dwelling & Unlawful use of a Communication Device

·         Hulett’s previous criminal arrest history includes 1 felony and 3 misdemeanors.

9.    David Carnley

·         DOB: 03/03/1962

·         Address: 3246 David Street, Lake Wales, Florida

·         Charges: Conspiracy to Traffic Methamphetamine over 28 grams & Unlawful Use of a Communication Device

·         Carnley’s previous criminal arrest history includes 8 felonies, 4 misdemeanors, 6 unknown level charges, and 3 failure to appear charges.  Carnley was in Federal prison for Trafficking Methamphetamine in 1993, and in state prison in 2006. 

10.  Katherine Hataway

·         DOB: 02/11/1962

·         Address: 3016 Edge Lane, Lithia, Florida

·         Charges: Conspiracy to Traffic Methamphetamine over 200 grams & Unlawful use of a 2-way communication device

·         Hataway’s previous criminal arrest history includes 3 felonies, 6 misdemeanors, and 6 unknown level charges.  Hataway was in state prison twice; 1992 and 2002. 

11.  Paulyn Mercer

·         DOB: 07/07/1988

·         Address: 3635 Hwy 60 East, Connersville, Florida

·         Charges: Conspiracy to Traffic Methamphetamine over 200 grams & Unlawful Use of a communication Device

·         Mercer’s previous criminal arrest history includes 10 felonies, 19 misdemeanors, and 3 failure to appear charges.

12.  Rafael Rivera-Calaf

·         DOB: 10/07/1982

·         Address: 245 Hilltop Street, Davenport, Florida

·         Charges: Conspiracy to Traffic Methamphetamine over 200 Grams & Unlawful Use of a Communication Device

·         Rivera-Calaf’s previous criminal arrest history includes 2 misdemeanors.

·         Rivera-Calaf has one prior deportations and is currently in the US illegally

13.  Roberto Sempo-Lopez

·         DOB: 06/07/1952

·         Address: 4460 Fruitville Avenue, Lake Wales, Florida

·         Charges: Conspiracy to Traffic Methamphetamine over 200 grams

·         Sempo-Lopez’s previous criminal arrest history includes 1 felony

·         Sempo-Lopez has a criminal arrest history outside of the state of Florida

14.  Evelyn Mitchell

·         DOB: 02/15/1959

·         Address: 126 Emerald Avenue, Lake Wales

·         Charges: Owning or Renting to Sell Drugs; Possession of Marijuana; Possession of Paraphernalia

·         Mitchell has no previous criminal arrest history.

15.  Andrea Douglas

·         DOB: 02/12/1992

·         Address: 221 L.A. Combee Drive, Polk City

·         Charges: Possession of  Cannabis less than 20 grams; Possession of Clonazepam; Possession of Lorazepam; Possession of Drug Paraphernalia; Conspiracy to Traffic Methamphetamine over 200 grams

·         Douglas’ previous criminal arrest history includes 10 felonies, 9 misdemeanors and 2 failure to appear charges.

16.  Eric Borders (Arrested on April 16, 2015)

·         DOB 06/11/1977

·         Address 605 S. 3rd Street, Apartment 30, Lake Wales

·         Charges: Conspiracy to Traffic Methamphetamine 28 grams or more, and Unlawful Use of Communications Device

·         Boarders’ previous criminal arrest history includes 5 felonies.

17.  Jose Duarte-Alcaraz (Arrested on April 17, 2015 in the Atlanta area)

·         DOB: 08/13/1978

·         Last known address: 6423 Shadow Court, Douglasville, Georgia

·         Charges: Conspiracy to Traffic Methamphetamine 200 grams & Money Laundering

·         Durante has a criminal arrest history outside of the state of Florida

18. Arguin Perez-Vazques (Arrested on April 17, 2015 in the Atlanta area)

·         DOB: 10/15/1972

·         Last known address: 308 Spring Water Drive, Norcross, GA

·         Charges: Conspiracy to Traffic Methamphetamine 200 grams & Money Laundering

19. Nelson Jose Luis Arias (Arrested on April 17, 2015 in the Atlanta area)

·         DOB: 03/27/1963

·         Last known address: 308 Spring Water Drive, Norcross Georgia

·         Charges: Conspiracy to Traffic Methamphetamine, 200 grams

·         Nelson has a criminal arrest history outside of the state of Florida

Arrested previously were:

1.    Ramon Castillo (Arrested on March 15th in Sumter County)

·         DOB: 01/17/1981

·         Address: 30 Norman Lane, Auburndale, Florida

·         Charges: Conspiracy to Traffic Methamphetamine over 200 grams

·         Castillo’s previous criminal arrest history includes 5 felonies, 5 misdemeanors, 3 unknown level charges and 4 failure to appear charges.

2.    Joshua Hurst (Arrested on March 15th in Sumter County)

·         DOB: 10/13/1989

·         Address: 40 Norman Lane, Auburndale, Florida

·         Charges: Conspiracy to Traffic over 200 grams of Methamphetamine

·         Hurst’s previous criminal arrest history includes 9 felonies, and 2 misdemeanors.

3.    Francisco Apolinar Menendez Diaz (Arrested April 1st in Sumter County)

·         DOB: 10/03/1989

·         Address: 1916 Rockwell Road, Pine Hills, Florida

·         Charges: Conspiracy to Traffic Methamphetamine 200 grams & Unlawful Use of a Communication Device

·         Diaz’s previous criminal arrest history includes 6 felonies, and 1 misdemeanor.

 

The below suspect is wanted in connection to this investigation:

Fernando Tejeda-Tejeda

DOB: 03/28/1989

Last known address: 221 L.A. Combee Drive, Polk City

Wanted for Warrant for Conspiracy to Traffic Methamphetamine over 200 grams

Tejeda-Tejeda has two prior deportations and is currently in the US illegally 

Anyone with information in the whereabouts of the aforementioned wanted subjects is urged to contact the Polk County Sheriff’s Office at 863.298.6200.

 

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