Monday, December 31, 2012

12 Arrests In Hendry County Drug Sweep

12 Drug Arrests After 3 Month Investigation

LABELLE, FL. -- Hendry County Sheriff’s Office Narcotics Investigators, assisted by the Clewiston Police Department, conducted two simultaneous search warrants Thursday, December 20, 2012 and arrested 12 individuals after a three month investigation.

The twelve arrests and two search warrants were part of an investigation that began in September 2012. The investigation targeted subjects involved in selling and distributing prescription narcotics. Most of the subjects were arrested and charged with multiple counts of sale, distribution, and trafficking prescription narcotics. 

Prior to their arrests it had been determined that these individuals were responsible for the distribution of thousands of prescription pills into the City of Clewiston and surrounding communities.

Deputies arrested 26 year old Javier Velasquez (photo above) of 205 W. Aztec, Clewiston, after they conducted a search warrant at his home. During the search deputies located both Xanax and Oxycodone and seized $3,888.00.

Velasquez was arrested on charges of Possession Narcotics without a Prescription, and Trafficking. Velasquez is currently being held in the Hendry County Jail on $232,500.00 bond.

At the same time, deputies served a search warrant at the home of 20 year old Dustin Andrews, 1996 Strickland Road, Clewiston, Florida. Once inside the home, deputies located a revolver handgun with ammunition, 12 gauge shotgun, Bullet Proof Vest, and 2 police scanners.

Andrews was arrested on charges of Possession of a Firearm by a Convicted Felon, Possession of Ammunition by a Convicted Felon, and Possession of a Police Scanner during the Commission of a Felony, and Violation of Felony Probation.

Hendry County Sheriff’s Office Narcotics Investigators have conducted numerous undercover narcotics buys in Eastern Hendry County. As a direct result 10 other individuals were arrested on December 20, as members of the HCSO picked up individuals who have sold narcotics during the undercover operation.

Additional Arrests:

Clifton Tony Nichols, 34 years of age, was arrested on charges of Possession of a Controlled Substance without a prescription, Possession of a Controlled Substance with intent to Sell, Sale of Oxycodone within 1000’ of a Public Park and Trafficking. Nichols is currently being held in the Hendry County Jail on $290,000.00 bond

Margie Rose Ingram, 50 years of age, was arrested on charges of Possession of a Controlled Substance without a Prescription, Possession of a Controlled Substance with Intent to Sell, Sale of Oxycodone within 1000’ of a Public Park, and Trafficking. Ingram is currently being held in the Hendry County Jail on $200,000.00 bond.

James McDonald Booth, 52 years of age, was arrested on charges of Possession of a Controlled Substance without a Prescription, Possession of a controlled substance with intent to sell, Sale of Oxycodone, and Trafficking Hydrocodone. Booth is currently being held in the Hendry County Jail on $96,000.00 bond.

Brittany Danielle Cotton, 19 years of age was arrested on charges of Possession of a Controlled Substance with Intent to Sell and Possession of a Controlled substance without a Prescription and Sale of Synthetic Narcotics. Cotton is currently being held on $120,000.00 bond.

Sabrina Diane Smith, 40 years of age, was arrested on charges of Sale of Cocaine and Possession of Cocaine with Intent to Sell. Smith is currently being held in the Hendry County Jail on $37,500.00.

Jennifer Marie Loftis, 29 years of age, was arrested on charges of Possession of Synthetic Narcotics with Intent to Sell and Possession of Controlled Substance without a Prescription and Trafficking. Loftis is currently being held in the Hendry County Jail on $95,000.00 bond.

Shirley Nichols Cotton, 48 years of age, was arrested on charges of Possession of Controlled Substance e with Intent to Sell, Sale of Synthetic Narcotic, Possession of Controlled Substance without a Prescription and Trafficking. Cotton is currently being held on $185,000.00 bond.

Brenda Lee Hills, 47 years of age, was arrested on charges of Possession of a Controlled Substance w/o a Prescription, Possession of a Controlled Substance with Intent to Sell, Sale of Oxycodone, Sale of Oxycodone within 1000’ of Place of Worship, Trafficking Oxycodone. Hill is currently being held in the Hendry County Jail on $215,000.00 bond.

Lisa Rose Ingram, 40 years of age, was arrested on charges of Sale of Synthetic Narcotics, Possession of Synthetic Narcotics with Intent to Sell, Possession of Controlled Substance without a Prescription, and Trafficking. Ingram is being held in the Hendry County jail on $125,000.00.

Clara Lynice Dominguez, 48 years of age, was arrested on charges of Possession of Synthetic Narcotics with Intent to Sell, Possession of Controlled Substance without a Prescription and Trafficking. Dominguez is currently being held in the Hendry County Jail on $65,000.00 bond.

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