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PCSO News Release

Media Contact:
Wilder, Scott

Director of Communications 
News Date: 12/21/2012 

 Polk County HIDTA Task Force, Polk County Sheriff’s Office, and Lake Wales Police conduct drug investigation in Lake Wales; 20 arrested Thursday 


 

Members of the Polk County HIDTA (High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area) Task Force, Lake Wales Police Department and Polk County Sheriff’s Office Tactical Drug Unit conducted a warrants round up Thursday, December 20, 2012 as a result of a targeted initiative to investigate illegal street level drug sales in the area of Lake Wales.  20 were arrested Thursday and 2 current Polk County Jail inmates were served warrants for additional charges. 

Undercover detectives purchased cocaine and cannabis from street level drug dealers over approximately a 4 month time period.  During this investigation detectives obtained warrants and charges on 16 different individuals resulting from drug transactions. 

Detectives also obtained and served a search warrant for 203 North 1st Street, Apartment 2 and 6 in Lake Wales on Thursday afternoon.   

As a result of the search warrant and subsequent arrests, numerous baggies of cannabis packaged for sale and 20 grams of crack and powder cocaine where seized.  In addition several hundred dollars in cash was seized. 

16 arrest warrants were obtained during the initiative.  Of these, 8 have been served and arrested.  8 are still being actively sought.  14 additional drug-related arrests occurred Thursday while law enforcement conducted additional investigations. 

“I am a strong believer in going after drug dealers because of the strong relationship that exists between drugs, violence, and other crimes.  We worked with our partners at the Lake Wales Police Department to identify and weed out illegal drug sales and drug dealers in and around Lake Wales.  I salute Chief Velasquez and his outstanding police officers for the outstanding work they are doing to keep Lake Wales such a beautiful and great place to live.  We will continue to work through the HIDTA task force to interrupt the cycle of crime that occurs with habitual drug users, drug sellers and traffickers, criminal gangs, and victims of violence and property crime.”  --Sheriff Grady Judd

“Incidentally, there are those who are trying to release drug dealers early from prison, claiming that they are ‘non-violent’ felons.  We know the damage that illegal drugs and the drug trade cause in our communities.  These are serious crimes and we are going to do everything we can to arrest drug dealers and put them in prison where they belong, away from our families and businesses.”  --Sheriff Grady Judd

The Warrant arrests (and charges) and other arrests made Thursday are:

 

Frank Morton, DOB 03-15-74 (Warrant Arrest)

831 N Lakeshore Blvd #04 Lake Wales, Fl 33853

Sale of Cannabis W/1000 feet of a church

Possess Cannabis WIT 1000 feet of a church

Possess Drug Paraphernalia

 

Anthony James Hawkins, DOB 09-08-92 (Warrant Arrest)

239 D Street Lake Wales, Fl 33853

Sale of Cocaine W/1000 feet of a church ( 2 counts )

Possess Cocaine WIT 1000 feet of a church

Traffic MDMA

Sale of Cannabis W/1000 feet of a church

Possess Cannabis WIT 1000 feet of a church

 

Taurus Wells, DOB 01/02/1986

223 Oseola Ave, Lake Wales, FL  33853

Possession of synthetic w/I to sell w/I 1000 fee of a church

Possession of cocaine w/I to sell w/I 1000 fee of a church

Possession of Cannabis w/I to sell w/I 1000 fee of a church

Possession MDMA W/I to sell w/i 1000ft of a church

Possession of Paraphernalia

Resist officer w/o violence 

 

Gerald Clifton Parker, DOB 04-23-83 (Warrant Arrest)

2301 Tangelo St Lake Wales, Fl 33853

Possess Cocaine WIT 1000 feet of a church

Sale of Cocaine W/1000 feet of a church

Sale of Cannabis W/1000 feet of a church

Possess Cannabis WIT 1000 feet of a church

Possess Drug Paraphernalia

 

Terry Williams, II, DOB 09-29-78 (Warrant Arrest)

2203 Karen Street Lake Wales, Fl 33853

Sale of Cannabis W/1000 feet of a church

 

Patrick D Walker, DOB 02-20-78 (Warrant Arrest)

409 F Street Lake Wales, Fl 33853

Sale of Cocaine W/1000 feet of a church

Possess Cocaine WIT 1000 feet of a church

 

Laconta Taylor, DOB 12/12/1979

2371 Appaloosa Road, Lake Wales, FL 33853

Possession of Cannabis with intent to sell

Resist Officer w/o Violence

 

Michael Thomas, DOB 11/14/1980

2955 Rattlesnake Road, Lake Wales, FL 33853

Possession of synthetic w/I to sell w/I 1000 fee of a church

Possession of cocaine w/I to sell w/I 1000 fee of a church

Possession of Cannabis w/I to sell w/I 1000 fee of a church

Possession MDMA W/I to sell w/I 1000ft of a church

Possession of Paraphernalia

 

Thomas Coleman, Jr., DOB 05-08-90 (Warrant Arrest)

2556 Elm Ave Lake Wales, Fl 33853

Traffic MDMA

Sale of Cannabis W/1000 feet of a church

Possess Cannabis WIT 1000 feet of a church

Sale of MDMA W/1000 feet of a church

 

Chris McMillian, DOB 09/21/1979

1506 n 12th Street, Haines City, FL 33844

Sale of Cannabis

Sale of Cocaine

Possession of Cannabis

Possession of Cocaine

Possession of Paraphernalia

 

Kareem Jackson, DOB 09/06/1989

334 Jewels Street, Lake Wales, FL 33853

Resisting Officer w/o Violence

 

Dennis Brown, DOB 02/04/1979

405 N Wetmore Street, Lake Wales, FL   33853

Possession of Cannabis

Possession of Drug Paraphernalia

 

Jade E Haynsworth, DOB  06/09/1993

1029 Sunset Trail, Babson Park, FL  33827

Attempt to purchase Cannabis

 

Tyler M Edwards, DOB 02/10/1992

1919 Oakland Park Dr., Lake Wales, FL  33898

Attempt to purchase Cannabis         

 

David E Yule, DOB 03/06/1983

325 Highland Dr., Lake Wales, FL   33853

Possession of Cannabis under 20 grams

Possession of Paraphernalia

 

Bill C Tibado, DOB 07/21/1962

37 West Tillman, Lake Wales, FL  33853

Possession of Cannabis under 20 grams & Possession of Paraphernalia

 

Colby L Shelton, DOB 05/17/1991

147 Martha Dr., Lake Wales, FL  33853

Possession of Cannabis

Possession of Drug Paraphernalia

Non Payment of Child Support

 

Aaron M Beck, DOB 01/02/1993

848 Brentwood Dr

Lake Wales, FL   33853

Possession of Cannabis under 20 grams & Possession of Paraphernalia

 

Juvenile, DOB  10/11/1996

Lake Wales, FL 

Resist Officer w/o violence

 

Juvenile, DOB 07-23-1997

Lake Wales, FL

Possession of Cannabis and Drug Paraphernalia

 

Warrants served on those already in Jail: 

 

Shannon Davonne Jones, DOB 11-04-79 (Warrant Served)

(Already in South County Jail)

219 D Street Lake Wales, Fl 33853

Sale of Cocaine W/1000 feet of a church

Possess Cocaine WIT 1000 feet of a church

Possess Drug Paraphernalia

 

Marcus Miguel Moton, DOB 06-20-86 (Warrant Served)

(Already in Central County Jail)

401 Winston Ave # M-3 Lake Wales, Fl 33853

Sale of Cocaine W/1000 feet of a church

Possess Cocaine WIT 1000 feet of a church

Sale of Cannabis W/1000 feet of a church ( 2 counts )

Possess Cannabis WIT 1000 feet of a church

Possess Drug Paraphernalia  

  

The following people have active Polk County warrants but have not been located as of this morning, Friday, December 21, 2112:

 

Senque D Heyward, DOB 06-16-83

637 Jackson Ave Lake Wales, Fl 33853

Sale of Cocaine W/1000 feet of a church

Sale of Cannabis W/1000 feet of a church

Possess Cocaine WIT 1000 feet of a church

Possess Cannabis WIT 1000 feet of a church

Possess Drug Paraphernalia

 

Dewayne Henry, DOB 07-05-82

123 E Northside Dr Lake Wales, Fl 33853

Traffic MDMA ( 2 counts )

Possess Drug Paraphernalia

DWLSR

Expired License more than 6 months        

 

Rosewell Simpson, DOB 12-23-75

1873 MLK Terrace Sebring, Fl 33870

Sale of Cannabis W/1000 feet of a school

Possess Cannabis W/1000 feet of a school

Possess Drug Paraphernalia

 

Jerrod Marquis Menzie, DOB 07-10-84

2418 Linda St Lake Wales, Fl 33853

Sale of Cannabis W/1000 feet of a church

 

Johnny Leonard Hamilton, DOB 02-14-66

219 D Street Lake Wales, Fl 33853

Sale of Cocaine W/1000 feet of a church

Sale of Cannabis W/1000 feet of a church ( 2 counts )

Possess Cannabis WIT W/1000 feet of a church

Possess Drug Paraphernalia

 

Harold James, Jr., DOB 12-02-92

4 E Murphy Street Davenport, Fl 33837

Sale of Cocaine W/1000 feet of a church

Possess Cocaine WIT 1000 feet of a church

 

Leroy Tensley, DOB 11-16-89

401 Winston Ave # C-3 Lake Wales, Fl 33853

Sale of Cannabis W/1000 feet of a church

Possess Cannabis WIT 1000 feet of a church

Possess Drug Paraphernalia

 

Bryan Drayton, DOB 80-03-90

1712 2ND Street N/E Winter Haven, Fl 33881

Sale of Cocaine W/1000 feet of a church

Possess Cocaine WIT 1000 feet of a church