Saturday, January 14, 2006

Drug Arrests In LaBelle This Week

LABELLE, FL. -- (January 13, 2006) A traffic stop on Martin Luther King
Boulevard led to
the arrests of two men on narcotics charges. Sheriff Ronnie Lee stated
that during an on the scene investigation following the traffic stop an
excess of 8 grams of cocaine, narcotics packaging, narcotics
paraphernalia and $784.00 dollars were discovered. Julio Mendoza Garcia
age 35, and Gabriel Calderon Simental age 26, were arrested and charged
with possession of cocaine with intent to sell and possession of
narcotics paraphernalia. Simental was also charged with operating a
motor vehicle without a valid drivers license. Both men were booked into
the Hendry County Jail.

Sheriff Ronnie Lee reports that following the service of a search
warrant at 808 Manatee Avenue in LaBelle. Billy Smith, Jr. age 34 was
arrested for possession of cocaine with intent to sell, possession of
narcotics paraphernalia, trafficking in a controlled substance and for
possession of a firearm by convicted felon. The Hendry County Sheriff's
Office Criminal Investigation Division seized $2,100.00 U.S. currency,
151 pieces of rock cocaine, 1 semi-automatic pistol and a quantity of
other drugs. Smith was booked into the Hendry County Jail.

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