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February 10, 2010

Tampa Man Arrested For Armed Cocaine Trafficking, Possession Of Marijuana And Gun Charges

Tampa man Joseph Barton was arrested on charges of possession of marijuana , armed trafficking in cocaine , being a felon in possession of a gun and possession of drug paraphernalia. The charges come after sheriff’s deputies executed a search warrant at his Tampa home. He is currently being held in Hillsborough County jail without bail.

According to the St. Petersburg Times, sheriff’s deputies found 28 grams of marijuana, a loaded gun, 60 grams of crack cocaine and drug paraphernalia in the man’s home on 129th Avenue. Sheriff’s deputies claim Barton is a habitual felon. The drugs found in his Tampa home are said to be valued at $2,500.…

February 4, 2010

Tampa Grow House With $1 Million Worth Of Marijuana Busted By Hillsborough County Deputies

Three men with 35 fully grown marijuana plants weighing around 300 pounds gave consent for deputies to search their home Wednesday morning, according to a story on TBO.com. Once inside the Tampa home, Hillsborough County deputies didn’t have much trouble discovering the weed inside.

Deputies arrested all three men on charges of trafficking in marijuana and cultivation of marijuana. The men are still in a Hillsborough County jail and no bail has been set as of yet. The grow house was located at 8408 Lava Place in Tampa. Deputies estimated the value of the seized marijuana at $1 million.…

January 28, 2010

Lawyer For Buju Banton Claims Entrapment In Sarasota Drug Case, Wants Paid Informant Revealed

The drug trial of reggae star Buju Banton in a federal courtroom in Tampa hasn’t begun yet but the musician’s criminal defense attorney has already begun to set up his criminal defense strategy. Banton’s lawyer has accused the government of entrapping his client in a drug deal that involved a brick of cocaine being exchanged at a police-controlled warehouse in Sarasota according to a story on TampaBay.com. He is also requesting that the identity of a paid informant central to the case be revealed.

Banton’s trial is set to begin in March and he is currently being held in a Pinellas County jail.…

January 26, 2010

Man Charged With Drug Trafficking Has Links To Pain Clinics In Tampa, St. Pete, Orlando, Lakeland and Jacksonville

A pair of men from Dunedin and Tampa have been charged with drug trafficking for supplying oxycodone to drug addicts through their pain management clinics. According to authorities as reported on TBO.com three other people have been charged and two have already pled guilty to drug distribution charges. The pair that has already pled guilty admitted to distributing morphine, oxycodone, hydrocodone and alprazolam. The drugs were allegedly dealt out of pain center clinics in Tampa, St. Petersburg, Orlando, Lakeland and Jacksonville.

On top of the charges for drug trafficking , Troy Wubbena of Tampa is being charged with cheating more than $200,000 from Medicare.…

January 25, 2010

Manatee Driver Wakes Up In Car With Drugs Inside To Find Deputies Waiting To Arrest Him

Manatee County Sheriff’s noticed a driver slumped over the steering wheel of a running car at 4:24 a.m. this morning. When they went to investigate they found a narcotics pipe, a baggie with a rocky substance and an open pocket knife. After removing the knife, deputies woke the man up and eventually arrested him on charges of trafficking in narcotics , tampering with evidence, possession of a controlled substance and resisting arrest without violence.

According to Bradenton.com, after deputies woke up the suspect, he exited the car and threw his pipe and a pack of cigarettes toward a wetland area. He then had to be subdued with a Taser according to reports.…

January 13, 2010

Pinellas Drug Operation Nets 40 Arrests For Crack, Powder Cocaine, Marijuana And Prescription Drugs

The Pinellas County Sheriff’s office conducted a drug cleanup operation last night and arrested more than 40 suspects according to the St. Petersburg Times. Narcotics detectives conducted the six-month investigation and set out to arrest 80 suspects on charges related to prescription drugs, crack, powder cocaine and marijuana.

The operation will continue today as officers with the Kenneth City Police Department pursue the other suspects that were not in custody at the time the story was published. The operation was part of an initiative that targeted drug dealing and possession near Lealman. There were approximately 226 charges filed in the operation.…

January 12, 2010

Manatee Sheriffs And Sarasota Police Break-Up Major Cocaine Trafficking Ring With 12 Arrests

Sarasota And Manatee authorities arrested 12 men on federal drug charges as they joined forces to bust up a major cocaine trafficking ring according to a story on the Bradenton Herald’s website. All 12 men have been indicted on federal drug charges. According to the story, the prize of the operation, called Operation SRQ Cartel”, was Jesus “Jesse” Guzman. The man also known as Antonio Marroquin was allegedly the leader of the cocaine trafficking operation.

Guzman was arrested in a raid at Exotic Auto Parts during which detectives seized more than three kilos of cocaine. During the two-year investigation it is being reported that federal agents seized four kilos of cocaine, $350,000 in cash and more than $1 million in property.…

January 11, 2010

Major Drug And Weapons Arrest In Clearwater Follows A Police Stop For Tinted Windows

Clearwater police stopped a Cadillac early Monday morning for dark tinted windows and upon the traffic stop they discovered cocaine, marijuana, more than 100 prescription painkillers and semi-automatic firearms. Police report finding the drugs and guns inside the car after stopping the vehicle on U.S. 19. The men were charged with armed trafficking in oxycodone, possession of Xanax and being a felon in possession of a firearm. The driver of the car was charged with DUI.

According to TBO.com police seized 17 grams of oxycodone, 111 Xanax tablets, a gram of marijuana, a gram of cocaine and two handguns.…

January 6, 2010

Buju Banton Arrives In Pinellas County Jail As He Awaits Trial On Federal Drug Charges

U.S. Marshalls transported reggae star Buju Banton to a Pinellas County jail this morning where he will wait for a trial on federal drug charges. The singer is charged with conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute more than five kilograms of cocaine. The charges stem from a drug bust in Sarasota where Banton and two other men were caught on video tape entering into a drug transaction with undercover officers according to reports and a story on TampaBay.com.

Banton’s arraignment is scheduled for Thursday in Tampa. His lawyer was quoted as saying that Banton will plead not guilty. The reggae star is nominated for a Grammy this year and is 36 years old.…

December 16, 2009

Haines City Man Charged With Three Counts Of DUI Manslaughter By Polk County Deputies

William Coe of Haines City has been charged with three counts of DUI manslaughter according to a story on TBO.com. The article cites Polk County deputies who allege Coe was driving under the influence of drugs. The police allege he was high when he crashed his Oldsmobile killing three passengers including a woman who was five-months pregnant at the time and her 11-month old baby.

The crash occurred September 15 on U.S. 27. Coe’s Oldsmobile Aero drove into the path of a minivan. He was ejected and suffered non-life threatening injuries. The only person injured in the minivan was an 18-year-old girl who suffered a broken leg.

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