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Updated: 02/22/2014 08:00:02AM

10 arrested in undercover drug bust

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In January, Polk County sheriff’s detectives learned William Benjamin Newton was selling large quantities of cocaine in the area of Winter Haven. Working in an undercover capacity, the High Intensity Drug Trafficking Task Force detectives identified Newton’s associates and ultimately 10 people were arrested and booked into the Polk County jail on a variety of drug trafficking, possession, and other charges on Thursday.

All seized was 22.5 ounces of cocaine. Among the 10 charged was a total of 77 which includes 54 felonies, 79 misdemeanors, and 15 “other” unclassified charges. One – Michelle Lynn Johnson – has served no time in prison.

Those arrested were:

• William Benjamin Newton, 27, 503 Avenue D SE, Winter Haven. Trafficking cocaine over 400 grams, maintain vehicle to traffic cocaine, possession of drug paraphernalia, warrant for two counts of trafficking cocaine, over 28 grams, warrant for sale of cocaine, warrant for possession of cocaine, warrant for maintaining structure for drug sales, warrant for maintaining vehicle for drug sales.

• Devante Jones, 21, of 2406 Gerties Road, Bartow. Trafficking cocaine over 28 grams, conspiracy to traffic cocaine over 28 grams, maintain vehicle for trafficking cocaine, possession of drug paraphernalia.

• Lyndsey McGill, 20, of 882 Austin Circle, Bartow, trafficking cocaine over 28 grams, conspiracy to traffic cocaine over 28 grams, maintain vehicle for trafficking cocaine, possession of drug paraphernalia.

• Michelle Johnson, 30, of 2704 Lake Alfred Road, Winter Haven, possession of cocaine with intent to sell, possession of cannabis less than 20 grams, maintain a residence for drug sales, possession of drug paraphernalia.

• Lee Stevens, 54, 6029 Grand Oaks Drive, Winter Haven, resisting arrest without violence.

• Jeremy Varney, 24, 551 Georgene Road, Haines City, possession of cocaine, tampering with evidence, possession of drug paraphernalia, resisting arrest without violence.

• Michaela McKeel, 33, of 1844 5th St., SE, Winter Haven, possession of cocaine, tampering with evidence, possession of drug paraphernalia, resist arrest without violence.

• Michael Martin, 59, 320 W. Terrace Ave., Lake Alfred, possession of cocaine.

• Michael Hogue, 54, 1520 S. Lake Howard Drive, Winter Haven, possession of cocaine, possession of drug paraphernalia.

• Angela Naugle, 48, 225 W. Orange St., Lake Alfred, possession of cocaine, possession of drug paraphernalia.


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