On Wednesday, November 14, 2012, members of the Polk County HIDTA (High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area) Task Force arrested 56-year-old William "Bill" Evans of 260 West Van Fleet Drive in Bartow, a local defense attorney who is currently on probation for Disorderly Conduct and who was sentenced to one year in federal prison for distribution of Meth, on new charges of:
- Manufacture of Methamphetamine
- Possession of Listed Chemicals
- Using Residence to Manufacture Methamphetamine
- Possession of Methamphetamine
- Possession of Marijuana'
- Possession of Drug Paraphernalia
- Maintain Vehicle for Drug Use
- Violation of Probation
According to the affidavits, Evans was under investigation by the HIDTA Task Force for the manufacture and sale of Meth on yesterday's date when he was involved in a minor vehicle crash. Detectives responded to the scene, and a K-9 alerted to the presence of drugs in his car. Detectives located within his car a baggie containing Meth, and a glass pipe containing Meth residue. Detectives obtained a search warrant for his home, and found all of the items needed to cook Meth, along with drug paraphernalia, Meth, and marijuana.
Evans was taken into custody without incident and booked into the Polk County Jail on the aforementioned charges.
He is being held on no bond pending a first appearance hearing today.
Bill Evans and his wife at the time, Barbara, were both arrested in 1996 during a Polk County Sheriff's Office sting called "Operation Bonnie and Clyde," for distribution of Meth. Evans was sentenced to one year in federal prison. He was most recently arrested in 2011 by the Bartow Police Department for Domestic Violence, and pled guilty to Disorderly Conduct. He is currently on probation for that charge.