Newberry bust yields cash, $1,850 in drugs
Published: Thursday, April 1, 2004 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, April 1, 2004 at 12:29 a.m.
In a drug bust at two Newberry homes Wednesday, the Alachua County Sheriff's Office came away with $2,218 in cash and $1,850 worth of drugs, said Lt. Jim Troiano with the Sheriff's Office.
Troiano said a team of 36 deputies and two paramedics, including the Sheriff's Office's SWAT team, accompanied by a helicopter, raided homes at 25147 NW 3rd Ave. and 25233 NW 3rd Ave. in Newberry after securing search warrants.
One 17-year-old boy was arrested and charged with several counts of sale and possession of cocaine and sale of cocaine within 1,000 feet of a church.
George Wesley, 25, had been serving weekends at the Alachua County jail when his arrest warrant was issued, and he is being held on several counts of sale and possession of cocaine, sale of cocaine within 1,000 feet of a church and conspiracy to sell cocaine.
Troiano said between the two homes, deputies found two .380-caliber handguns, crack cocaine, oxycodene, codeine pills and marijuana.
"We have been receiving complaints for the past several months about drug sales in and around these homes," he said.
He said the Sheriff's Office had used confidential informants and deputies to buy drugs from the homes 13 times before securing the search warrants.
Troiano said the Sheriff's Office is looking for additional people in this case.
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