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Marijuana busts net 10 arrests in Bartow

1:10 PM, Oct 11, 2012   |    comments
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Bartow, Florida -- During an investigation into drug-related activity in the Alturas area, detectives stumbled upon a man conducting drug stops at two homes.

The sheriff's office says tips led undercover detectives to 80 Foot Road in Alturas. While there, they saw 36-year-old Joshua Prevatt who appeared to be buying drugs at two different houses. When police stopped him, they seized two mason jars containing 41 grams of marijuana.

He then told detectives he had just bought the pot from a person in the 900 block of 80 Foot Road. When detectives arrived at that home, they seized three pounds of marijuana, packaged for sale and $5,000 in cash. Resident David Gandia told detectives the money was profit from marijuana sales he had conducted.

Gandia, 44, then went with detectives to the 300 block of Lake Millsite Road where he turned over to them 12 more pounds of marijuana packaged for sale.

Detectives then went back to one of the original houses in the 6900 block of SR 60 Prevatt had stopped at and arrested 33-year-old Jason Turner for Possession of Marijuana and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.

Prevatt was charged with Possession WITS Marijuana, Possession of Marijuana Over 20 Grams, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.

Gandia was charged with Possession WITS Marijuana, Possession of Marijuana Over 20 Grams, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Maintaining a Dwelling for Drug Sales.

Also arrested during the investigation were:

Joseph Bergeron, 21, of Lakeland for DWLSR

Ian Verly, 54, of Lakeland for Possession of Marijuana and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia

Virgina Verly, 50, of Lakeland for Possession of Marijuana & Paraphernalia

Nichelle Swanson, 30, of Lakeland for Possession of Marijuana & Paraphernalia

Theodore Keeby, 50, of Lakeland for Possession of Marijuana & Paraphernalia, Possession of Firearm by Convicted Felon

Jean Chambers, 29, of Winter Haven, DWLSR knowingly

Kandi Wilson, 45, of Winter Haven, Expired Driver's License

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