Six Arrests In Big Bar Bust - Cocaine And Marijuana
LABELLE, FL. -- Shortly after midnight Friday January 12, Hendry County Deputies executed a search warrant at the Long Branch Bar located in LaBelle and arrested the manager and five others. Several bags of cocaine packaged for sale, money used to purchase cocaine, and drug paraphernalia were located within the LaBelle area's popular drinking spot.
Hendry Sheriff Ronnie Lee said Brandi Leigh Keeling, age 24 of LaBelle, was arrested and charged with Possession of Cocaine, Possession of Cocaine with Intent to Sell, Sale of Cocaine, two charges for Possession of a Controlled Substance Without a Prescription, and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. She was also arrested on five warrants for Sale of Cocaine.
Other arrests made include Gene William Anderson, age 28 of LaBelle, arrested for Possession of Marijuana, Mindy L. Skinner, age 22 of LaBelle, arrested for Possession of Marijuana, Christopher Cooper, age 33 of Fort Myers, arrested for Possession of Marijuana and Possession of Cocaine. Paula Sue Davis Hall, age 44 of LaBelle, was arrested and charged with Obstruction, and Ralph Green, age 56 of LaBelle was arrested and charged with Obstruction.
Bond was set at $190,000.00 on Brandi Keeling. The Long Branch has been the subject of state investigators and regulators and has been under litigation with the Bureau of Alcohol and Tobacco. Paula Sue Davis is registered with the state as the president of Long Branch Bar, Inc and Kim Ballard is Vice President. Paula Sue reportedly told sheriff's deputies she was the "manager" of the bar.