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PCSO News Release

Media Contact:
Eleazer, Carrie

Public Information Officer 
News Date: 7/20/2013 

 HIDTA Task Force Makes Five Arrests, Seizes Over 20 Pounds of Meth 


On Friday, July 19, 2013, the Central Florida HIDTA (High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area)* task force arrested five suspects and seized approximately 23 pounds of Methamphetamine in the Haines City area.


Detectives received information about two men believed to be distributing Meth in Haines City.  They began an investigation, established probable cause, and responded to the home of 33-year-old Juan Arteaga-Orozco (DOB 4/8/80) at 95 George M Road in Haines City (believed to be a 'stash house') and served a search warrant.  There they seized over 8.5 pounds of processed Meth and over 11 pounds of liquid Meth.  They also recovered a firearm.  Juan was placed under arrest.


Detectives also conducted a traffic stop on 37-year-old Enrique Arteaga (DOB 7/14/1976) (Juan's brother), and he had a half-pound of Meth in his possession.  They served a search warrant at his residence, 2401 Citrus Blvd in Haines City, and seized approximately 1 pound of Meth inside, about 2 pounds of Meth buried in the backyard, two firearms, and over $34,000 cash.  Their mother, 61-year-old Candelaria Arteaga (DOB 11/14/1951) of 95 George M Road was also arrested.


Two other suspects were identified during this investigation, and subsequently arrested.


The five suspects arrested and charged were:


Enrique Arteaga -- charged with Armed Trafficking in Meth (over 400 grams); Conspiracy to Traffic Meth (over 400 grams); and Maintaining Dwelling for Drug Trafficking. 


Juan Arteaga-Orozco -- charged with Armed Trafficking in Meth (over 400 grams); Conspiracy to Traffic Meth (over 400 grams); and Maintaining Dwelling for Drug Trafficking.  


Candelaria Arteaga -- charged with Maintaining Dwelling for Drug Trafficking.


24-year-old Jerad Smith (DOB 9/14/1988) of 639 Magnolia Street in Waverly -- charged with Possession of Meth; Possession of Paraphernalia.


22-year-old Ashley Futch (DOB 2/7/1991) of 6849 Porter Road in Lake Wales -- charged with Possession of Marijuana; Possession of Paraphernalia.


"I'm very proud of our HIDTA Task Force and all the hard work they do getting drugs off the street and putting drug dealers in jail.  Likewise, the large amount of money we seized will go back into fighting crime and putting bad guys in jail, which is extremely satisfying." - Sheriff Grady Judd.