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PCSO News Release

Media Contact:
Eleazer, Carrie

Public Information Officer 
News Date: 10/8/2013 

 HIDTA Task Force Seizes Several Pounds of Meth and Makes Six Arrests 


On September 30, 2013, the Central Florida HIDTA (High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area) task force charged six suspects and seized approximately 19 pounds of Methamphetamine in the Fort Meade area.

The investigation began earlier this year when detectives received information about the Gabriel Zamarripa Drug Trafficking Organization operating in Polk County.  This organization has ties to the Gulf Cartel, one of the more violent drug cartels operating in North America and Mexico.

After making several undercover buys of "ICE," which is Methamphetamine in its purest form, detectives intercepted a package intended for Gabriel Zamarripa that contained 4.5 pounds of Meth.  On September 30, 2013, members of the HIDTA Task Force responded to Zamarripa's address, 1180 Meadow Lawn Street in Fort Meade, seized an additional 14.5 pounds of Meth and $5,790 in U.S. currency, and made the following arrests:

47-year-old Gabriel Zamarripa of 1180 Meadow Lawn Street in Fort Meade; charged with: two counts Trafficking in Meth; two counts Maintain Structure for Drug Use; one count Conspiracy to Traffic in Meth; one count Bringing Meth Into the State; two counts Possession of Paraphernalia; he has been in the Polk County Jail on five prior occasions, for Trafficking and other Meth-related charges, Possession of Firearm by Convicted Felon, Domestic Battery, and Violation of Probation.  He is being held on a Nebbia hold.

20-year-old Gabriel Zamarripa, Jr., of 1180 Meadow Lawn Street in Fort Meade; charged with: one count Possession of Meth; one count Possession of Marijuana; one count Possession of Paraphernalia; he has been in the Polk County Jail on one prior occasion, for Giving False Verification to a Secondhand Dealer.

22-year-old Rodolfo Jalomo of Brownsville, TX; charged with: one count Trafficking in Meth; one count Conspiracy to Traffic in Meth; one count Delivering Meth; one count Possession of Paraphernalia; he is being held on a Nebbia hold.

22-year-old Elias Serrano, Jr., of 1165 Sand Mountain Road in Fort Meade; charged with: one count Trafficking in Meth; one count Possession of Meth; two counts Possession of Paraphernalia; he has been in the Polk County Jail on six prior occasions, for Possession of Meth, Possession of Marijuana, Giving False Verification to a Secondhand Dealer, Dealing in Stolen Property, Burglary, Grand Theft, and Violation of Probation.

37-year-old Brandy Kemp of 422 Citrus Highlands Drive in Bartow; charged with: one count Trafficking in Meth; one count Conspiracy to Traffic in Meth; one count Unlawful Use of Two-Way Communication Devices; one count Possession of Paraphernalia; and three counts VOP; she has been in the Polk County Jail on three prior occasions, for Resisting Arrest, Trespassing, Grand Theft, and Dealing in Stolen Property.  She was already in jail on VOP charges since September 19th, and was additionally charged with these most recent crimes as a part of this investigation.

32-year-old Chester White, Jr., of 39 North Cherokee Avenue in Fort Meade; charged with: one count Trafficking in Meth; one count Maintain Dwelling for Drug Use; one count Possession of Paraphernalia; six counts Grand Theft of Firearm; one count Possession of Firearm by Convicted Felon; one count Possession of Forged ID; one count Dealing in Stolen Property; he has been in the Polk County Jail on 16 prior occasions (and to state prison) for Possession WITS Meth, Possession WITS Cocaine, Possession WITS Counterfeit Controlled Substance, Resisting Arrest, Possession of Marijuana, Possession of Paraphernalia, Possession of Stolen Property, DWLSR, and Violation of Probation.