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PCSO News Release

Media Contact:
Eleazer, Carrie

Public Information Officer 
News Date: 9/26/2014 

 Lakeland Man Arrested For Selling Alcohol, Cigarettes Out Of His Home 

On Thursday, September 25, 2014, PCSO undercover detectives arrested 61-year-old James Terrance ‘Terry’ Pearson of 702 Texas Avenue in Lakeland and charged him with one count Sale of Single Cigarettes (M-1), one count Illegal Sale of Alcohol (M-2), one count Possession of Cocaine (F-3), one count Possession of Methadone, one count Maintaining Structure for Controlled Substance (F-3), and one count Possession of Paraphernalia (M-1), after investigation revealed he was selling alcohol, individual cigarettes, and food and snacks out of his home. 

According to the affidavit, an undercover detective responded to Pearson’s home and asked Terry for some liquor and two cigarettes. He gave Pearson a $5.00 bill. Pearson poured liquor out of a bottle into a cup and handed it to the detective, along with two cigarettes. Pearson was placed under arrest without incident.

During a search of Pearson’s home, detectives found two WD-40 canisters that were hollowed out, one of which contained Cocaine residue and one that contained 8.5 Methadone pills. A bedroom of the house contained beer, liquor, cigarettes, cigars, food and snacks that Pearson was selling out of his home without a license. 

Pearson was booked into the Polk County Jail on the aforementioned charges, where he is being held on no bond. He has six prior arrests in Polk County, for resisting arrest, battery on LEO, numerous drug charges, theft charges, and traffic offenses.