On Friday, March 25, 2011, PCSO deputies and undercover detectives conducted a county-wide PROCAP (Proactive Community Attack on Problems) initiative. On the west side of the county, deputies focused their efforts on the areas of:
Combee Road, Highland City, Crystal Lake, and Willow Oak. The deputies on the east side focused on the aeras of: Inwood, K-Ville, Gordonville, Gordon Heights, Wahneta and Eloise.
The PROCAP program involves crime analysts gathering data each day and studying crime trends, and then delivering that information to deputies. Each day, crime analysts and law enforcement members strategize which parts of the county would most benefit from law enforcement resources, before crime becomes a trend.
A total of 108 arrests were made county-wide during this initiative: 71 arrests were made on the west side of the county, and 37 arrests on the east side.
Bureau of Special Investigations undercover detectives assisted, accounting for 42 of the arrests.
The following significant arrests were made:
1. Detectives conducted a traffic stop on a green Dodge Intrepid on South Combee Road just south of Main Street, in Lakeland. The driver, Krystal Wiggins, DOB 1/8/84, was found to be in possession of marijuana. She was arrested and charged with Possession of Cannabis, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, and Maintaining a Vehicle for Drug Use. This was her sixth arrest in Polk County.
During the traffic stop, detectives made contact with the passenger, Charles White, DOB 9/10/86, and while patting him down for officer safety, White fled the area on foot.
A foot pursuit, including a K-9 team, was initiated and a quick perimeter was established by initiative members. White was caught hiding near a business on Don's Court.
White was arrested for Possession of Cannabis, Tampering with Evidence, Battery on a LEO, and Resisting Arrest. This is his ninth arrest in Polk County.
2. HIDTA (High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area) Unit detectives responded to 6284 Cornerstone Drive, near Yarborough Lane in Lakeland. During this investigation, detectives seized and dismantled an extensive marijuana grow house, seizing approximately 68 mature 5 foot tall marijuana plants located in three separate grow rooms.
The living room area contained a full-sized above ground type swimming pool that the suspects were utilizing for the water source and fertilization. The resident, Vivian Oviedo-Martinez, DOB 6/21/74, was arrested. The investigation is ongoing.
3. BSI detectives responded to the 2600 block of High Ridge Drive in the High Ridge subdivision on Harrell's Nursery Road in Lakeland, in response to tips that a group of people gather every Friday night to smoke marijuana at the dead end of High Ridge Drive.
Detectives observed four subjects standing next to two vehicles parked in the roadway. Upon making contact with the subjects, detectives smelled the odor of marijuana emanating from one of the vehicles.
During a search of the subjects and vehicles, marijuana was located. One of the suspects, Matthew Cruz, DOB 12/3/91, lives at 2618 High Ridge Drive.
Inside Cruz's bedroom detectives found a small amount of marijuana and a pipe used for smoking it. All four suspects were arrested and transported to the Polk County Jail.
4. BSI Detectives, patrolling in the Crystal Grove Road Area of Lakeland, observed a group of approximately 10 males sitting in a parking lot having a party. Detectives made contact with the subjects, who had an open half gallon of liquor sitting on a vehicle in the middle of their group. Upon sight of law enforcement, two of the subjects fled the area on foot. One of the fleeing suspects was caught. Another suspect who was being detained attempted to get up and run.
Detectives observed one suspect throw a bag of Ecstasy on the ground. Other detectives, with the assistance of a PCSO K-9 team, found a loaded Glock 40 caliber handgun and an extra loaded magazine in a flowerbed near where the fleeing suspect ran. A check of the handgun revealed it was stolen from the Auburndale area. Seven suspects were arrested during this incident.
"One of the philosophies of PROCAP is: the person who drives a car with some kind of violation: a broken tag light, swerving, improper tag, aggressive driving, may be the same person who stole something earlier that day, or is in possession of illegal narcotics," said Sheriff Grady Judd. "We routinely conduct initiatives like these so that the community knows there is always a law enforcement presence out there, keeping them safe."