Polk County Sheriff’s Office Proactive Crime Suppression Initiative Results in 101 Arrests
During a three day operation, Polk County Sheriff’s Office deputies and undercover detectives conducted a county-wide proactive initiative that focused on repeat offenders, drug offenders, offenders on probation, and followed up on crime tips and crime trends. Deputies served 15 search warrants, made numerous citizen contacts, and arrested 101 suspects.
- The total number of prior arrests for the 101 suspects was 955, to include 855 felonies, and 742 misdemeanors – (1,597 criminal charges, before this operation).
- The total number of charges made during this operation: 325 (180 felonies and 145 misdemeanors; 32 outstanding warrants which included 32 felonies and 17 misdemeanors, 5 warrants from other jurisdictions, 1 fugitive from justice)
- 92 of those arrested are repeat offenders, meaning they have been arrested prior to this operation.
- 9 were charged with violating their current probation (VOP), and 13 arrested had VOP Warrants.
- 40 out of the 101 are receiving public assistance.
- 32 out of the 101 have been to prison before.
- The operation resulted in the seizure of $13,378.00 in U.S. currency, 6 firearms, one vehicle, and over two pounds of cannabis, over 3 ounces of methamphetamine, and 45.1 grams of hydrocodone (approximately $8,600.00).
The investigation began on Monday, April 28, 2014, and ran through Wednesday, April 30, 2014, and focused on the Auburndale, Winter Haven, Lake Wales, Eloise, Frostproof, and north and south Lakeland areas of Polk County.
The initiative was a part of the agency’s “PROCAP” (Proactive Community Attack on Problems) program that involves gathering daily crime data, analyzing crime trends, and then delivering that information to supervisors and deputies. Each day, crime analysts and law enforcement members strategize which parts of the county would most benefit from law enforcement resources, attempting to disrupt crime trends, identify suspects, and prevent crime.
“Proactive Community Attack on Problems, or PROCAP, is an essential element in fighting crime in Polk County,” said Sheriff Grady Judd. "One of the philosophies of PROCAP is that the person who commits relatively minor public order crimes or who violates traffic laws can be the same person who stole something earlier that day, or is in possession of illegal narcotics," said Sheriff Grady Judd. "We routinely conduct initiatives like these so that the community knows there is always a law enforcement presence out there, keeping them safe."
A complete list of those arrested with their charges accompanies this release. The following incidents and arrests are indicative of the activity over the three day operation:
Deputies executed a search warrant at 108 6th Street in Eloise, where the owner of the residence, Tammy Pollard was contacted. During a search of the residence, CST members located methamphetamine, cannabis, drug paraphernalia, various prescription medications, and ammunition. Pollard, who is a convicted felon, confessed to knowledge of all the items in the residence. Pollard was subsequently arrested.
A search warrant was executed at 2320 Moccasin Drive, Lakeland; the home of 33-year-old Daphne Fussell. A search uncovered stolen property from a burglary on Green Pond Trail in north Lakeland. In addition, stolen coolers belonging to the Salvation Army, and a VIN plate to a stolen U-Haul trailer from a Tampa Police Department case were also located. Detectives also discovered coolers from Kathleen High School Cafeteria located in the shed, and precursor chemicals for manufacturing meth along with instructions to manufacture meth. Detectives also discovered the electrical wires from the power pole had been tampered with and Lakeland Electric responded to disconnect the service. Detectives then developed information about another stolen vehicle. Detectives responded to 11216 Ponderosa Drive where they located a Jeep Wrangler confirmed to be stolen out of Lakeland. A search warrant was obtained for the Ponderosa Drive property where detectives also located the top to a golf cart stolen from Cypress Lakes Mobile Home Park positively identified by an employee of the management company, as well as a pressure washer which was stolen with the boom arm truck from Cypress Lakes earlier this month. Detectives also located doors to a trailer that was confirmed stolen from the Salvation Army located at 2620 Kathleen Road. This Business Burglary had been reported to Lakeland Police on April 2, 2014. Fussell had already dismantled and sold the 2001 white utility trailer. In addition, detectives recovered a generator believed to be stolen along with numerous chain saws, fishing poles, and a Lincoln welder believed to be stolen in a Plant City trailer theft investigation. Fussell was taken into custody.
Detectives responded to 2430 Magnolia Street, East, Lakeland, where a tip reported possible drug activity. Detectives made contact with Hector Vargas Ruiz at apartment #1. After entering, detectives saw a methamphetamine pipe in plain view. Further investigation revealed Vargas Ruiz had several Florida Driver’s licenses and an ID that did not belong to him. Vargas Ruiz also had active warrants from Miami-Dade with one being for Grand Theft. Vargas Ruiz was taken into custody.
Deputies, with the assistance of the H.I.D.T.A. drug task force, executed a search warrant at 10 Lantana Road, Frostproof. Detectives located approximately 59 grams of methamphetamine, 45.1 grams hydrocodone, 23 grams of cannabis, and 2 oxycodone pills. Also located was $2,182.00 in U.S. Currency and a 2007 Lincoln MKZ that were determined to be related to the sale of narcotics at this residence. Both the currency and vehicle were seized.
Detectives also conducted a search at 9 Lantana Road, Frostproof arresting several individuals from that location. While both of these search warrants were being executed, detectives received information that Jackson “Hank” Sloan, 55 Monroe Street, was providing the occupants of both 9 and 10 Lantana Road with methamphetamine to sell/use.
Detectives observed Sloan driving from his residence and conducted a traffic stop. When they attempted to stop him, Sloan fled on foot. He was apprehended by detectives, but while being placed into custody, Sloan purposely struck one of the detectives in the head with his elbow followed by multiple attempts to punch the detective in the face with a closed fist. Ultimately, several detectives were able to gain physical control of Sloan and place him into custody. Detectives found approximately 1 ounce of methamphetamine in Sloan’s possession.
Detectives obtained a search warrant for Sloan’s residence where approximately ½ pound of cannabis and $10,056.00 dollars in U.S. currency was located and seized for forfeiture.
Deputies executed a search warrant at 5101 Transport Road. One of the items to be searched for was a Galaxy Tablet stolen from a residence in Eagle Lake. The stolen device was not located but several suspects at the residence were arrested on drug related charges. During this investigation, detectives were able to identify a possible suspect who was staying at a local hotel. Detectives located 46-year-old Anthony Handford at the Florida Garden Motel, 2345 8th Street, NW, Winter Haven, in room 106, along with the stolen tablet. It was also discovered Handford was a fugitive from justice out of New York and was placed under arrest.
Deputies followed up on investigative information regarding counterfeit currency being passed in the county: they learned 29-year-old Javon Lamb, and 24-year-old Kierra Taylor had taken a computer printer to Wal-Mart, located on Cypress Gardens Road, and returned the merchandise for cash. From there, the two drove to several businesses making purchases with counterfeit currency, then returning the merchandise at other locations for legal tender.
Detectives located Lamb and Taylor at the Lantern Motel on Highway 27 in Lake Wales and attempted to make contact, but the pair fled. Detectives followed Lamb and Taylor to a wooded lot near Betty Lane in Dundee where a perimeter was established. During the search, the PCSO emergency communications center received a call that a man had broken into a residence and was still inside. Deputies responded and located the suspect; Javon Lamb. A short time later, detectives located Taylor at the Brandywine Apartments on Dundee Road.
A search warrant was obtained for the rented hotel room where detectives found evidence of counterfeit currency being manufactured. Located in the room were counterfeit $5 and $20 bills, a box for a paper cutter, resume paper, and pieces of trimmed paper. Javon Taylor had been released from prison on March 19, 2014, and is currently on felony probation.
Deputies executed three simultaneous search warrants at 1011 Carefree Cove Drive, 1132 Carefree Cove Drive, and 113 Harbor Drive, Winter Haven, Florida. While executing the search warrants detectives made contact with Braddock Dailey who had an active warrant for Sale of MDMA, Possession of MDMA with Intent to Sell, and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. He was arrested. Deputies made contact with Tavon Young—he had an active warrant for Sale of Cannabis, Possession of Cannabis with Intent to Sell, and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. He was arrested. Five others were arrested on drug charges. As a result of the search warrants deputies seized: miscellaneous prescription pills, a 12 gauge shot gun, and approximately ¼ pound of cannabis packaged separately for sale.
A 2003 Chevrolet Trail Blazer was stolen from a Marcum Road residence. Detectives investigating the theft responded to 1721 Quail Trail, Lakeland, where they observed the Trail Blazer parked. Detectives attempted to make contact with the occupants of the Quail Trail residence when they observed 23-year-old Michael R. Bebee and 51-year-old Scotty Ellison, run from the back of the residence. When deputies apprehended them, Ellison provided a false name. Detectives confirmed Ellison’s identity and arrested him on outstanding Failure to Appear warrant on a concealed weapon’s charge. Inside the residence, empty methamphetamine baggies and a pipe were in plain view. A search of the residence yielded additional baggies of meth, cannabis and drug paraphernalia. Bebee and Ellison, along with a third person, 36-year-old Andrea Pearl Graham, were taken into custody. The stolen vehicle was returned to the rightful owner.
While watching a residence on East Road in Lakeland, deputies observed Krisha Spears driving in a white GMC SUV that was related to another stolen vehicle case. A traffic stop was conducted, she was placed under arrest for driving on a suspended driver’s license. A passenger (Paul Miyasato) in the vehicle as found in possession of methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia. While watching the same residence on East Road, a red and silver motorcycle was observed in the area. The motorcycle took off at a high rate of speed when he saw deputies in the area. He lost control of the motorcycle and fell off—he then fled on foot, but was apprehended by deputies. He was not injured. The 2012 Honda motorcycle was confirmed stolen (Plant City police department case). The driver was identified as 29-year-old Shannon A. Propst.
One of the arrests from the operation occurred when deputies responded to the location of an unconfirmed emergency (9-1-1 hang up). When deputies arrived, 37-year-old Katrina Marie Helmick apologized, saying she accidentally dialed 9-1-1. Unfortunately for Ms. Helmick, a criminal records check revealed that she had an outstanding warrant for child support from Collier County. She was arrested and transported to jail.
Deputies located 30-year-old Denny Lee Plummer passed out on the front porch at 1424 Unitah Avenue while they were looking for another man with an active warrant. Plummer had a backpack full of tools consistent with use for burglaries and he was found in possession of meth and drug paraphernalia and taken to jail. Plummer has an extensive history of theft and narcotics use.
On Wednesday detectives executed a search warrant at 3065 Saint Paul Drive in Winter Haven. During a search of the residence, detectives recovered approximately ¼ pound of cannabis, digital scales, and several documents and credit cards bearing personal information (that did not belong to the people in the residence). Two suspects were placed under arrest for narcotics related charges.
Another search warrant was served at 2605 Jungle Street #10 in Lakeland. During the search of the residence, detectives recovered cannabis and seized $1,140.00 dollars in U.S. currency derived from proceeds from the sale of illegal narcotics. Detectives then conducted a “reverse” drug operation by using the suspect’s residence and posing two (2) undercover detectives as a narcotics dealers. Detectives were able to apprehend two additional suspects who arrived at the residence to purchase cannabis. As a result of the two search warrants, detectives arrested seven (7) suspects for narcotics related charges.
Over the three day operation Search Warrants were served at the following locations:
1. 108 6th street, Eloise
2. 2320 Moccasin Drive, Lakeland
3. 11216 Ponderosa Drive, Lakeland
4. 9 Lantana Road, Frostproof
5. 10 Lantana Road, Frostproof
6. 55 Monroe Street, Frostproof
7. 5101 Transport Road, Bartow
8. 1011 Carefree Cove, Winter Haven
9. 1132 Carefree Cove, Winter Haven
10. 1098 Carefree Cove, Winter Haven
11. 113 Harbor Drive, Winter Haven
12. 1721 Quail Trail, Lakeland
13. 3065 St. Paul Drive, Winter Haven
14. 2605 Jungle Street #10, Lakeland
15. 23700 Hwy 27 South, Room 8, Lake Wales
For a complete list of suspects and their charges, please click this link: http://bit.ly/1udPTH0