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PCSO News Release

Media Contact:
Eleazer, Carrie

Public Information Officer 
News Date: 4/14/2010 

 PCSO Deputies Seeking Public's Help Locating Three Members of Sanders Organization, Including Ringleader Tennille Sanders 


The Polk County Sheriff’s Office is seeking the public’s help in locating three suspects – Tennille Sanders, Anthony Sanders, and Courtney Sanders - who have been federally indicted for Cocaine Distribution and Criminal Conspiracy.  

Tennille Sanders, DOB 4/6/76, is the ringleader of a large cocaine distribution organization that operated out of Bartow, Florida, which was brought down by PCSO detectives in December 2009 during “Operation Crack Down” (see original news release dated 12-18-09). Tennille’s older brother Anthony Sanders, DOB 8/27/73, and cousin Courtney Sanders, DOB 5/6/81, also have indictments and are believed to be on the run with Tennille. All have federal warrants for their arrest. Their mug shots are attached here. They are to be considered armed and dangerous. 

“The Sanders boys have been operating a several-million-dollar violent cocaine enterprise and potentially have the means and the resources to evade law enforcement,” says Sheriff Grady Judd. “which is why we are asking for your help. If you know where these criminals are, turn them in. Bring them to justice so we can end the violence that they are known for once and for all.” 

If you have information on the whereabouts of Tennille, Anthony, or Courtney Sanders, you are urged to contact the Polk County Sheriff’s Warrants Unit immediately at 863.534.6270 or Detective Albert Marvin with the U.S. Marshal’s Service at 863.287.9295. Or to remain anonymous and be eligible for a CASH REWARD call Heartland Crime Stoppers at 1.800.226.TIPS. 

Two other members of the Sanders organization, Tyrone Williams and Lewis Potts, were also recently federally indicted as a part of this large-scale investigation, and are currently in custody in state prison.