Cummings, 4 others arrested after drug investigation

Hank Croslin (Top Left) Hope Sykes (Top Right) Misty Croslin (Bottom Left) Ronald Cummings (Bottom Right)

Published: Wednesday, January 20, 2010 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, January 21, 2010 at 2:17 a.m.

The father of a missing Putnam County girl and his ex-wife were among five people arrested Wednesday following a month-long investigation into trafficking in controlled prescription medications, the Putnam County Sheriff's Office reported.

Arrested were Ronald L. Cummings, 26, Misty Croslin, 18, Hank "Tommy" Croslin Jr., 23, and Hope A. Sykes, 18, all of Satsuma, and Donna Broch of Orlando.

Cummings is the father of Haleigh Cummings, who disappeared from the home she shared with him and his then-girlfriend Misty Croslin in Satsuma in February 2009.

Misty Croslin was reportedly home alone with the girl, then 5, and the child's younger brother when the girl apparently vanished overnight.

No trace of Haleigh has been reported since in spite of an intensive and repeated search in the area, numerous tips to officers and an ongoing investigation by the Sheriff's Office and other agencies.

Since the girl's disappearance, Cummings and Misty Croslin have had repeated run-ins with law enforcement on unrelated cases such as a fight involving them and Hank Croslin Jr., Misty Croslin's brother, in August 2009.

Cummings, Misty Croslin and Hank Croslin Jr. were released from the Putnam County jail late Wednesday, according to jail records. Sykes remained in custody at the facility. More details about Broch's arrest were not immediately available.

Misty Croslin is facing six counts of trafficking in prescription medications. Three counts of the same charge are pending against Cummings, and one against Hank Croslin Jr., Sykes and Broch, according to the Sheriff's Office. If convicted as charged, Misty Croslin, Cummings and Broch could receive a minimum mandatory sentence of 25 years in prison. The others are facing minimum sentences ranging from three to 15 years in prison

Investigators allege they purchased Oxycodone and Hydrocodone from the five on seven different occasions. The estimated street value of the drugs seized was $3,900.

A statement from the Sheriff's Office reported the undercover operation "was in response to the growing problem of the illegal sale and distribution of prescription drugs within Putnam County and surrounding areas."

The agency received information that the group had been selling prescription medicine, detectives were assigned to the case from the department's Drug/Vice Unit and a Putnam County Sheriff's deputy went undercover, "gaining the trust" of the suspects, according to the Sheriff's Office.

As for any ties to the missing child, the same Sheriff's Office statement reported, "Investigators assigned to the Haleigh Cummings investigation will take every available opportunity to speak with any individual believed to have knowledge about Haleigh Cummings' disappearance."

The Florida Department of Law Enforcement, the HIDTA Tri-County Drug Task Force and the State Attorney's Office for the 7th Judicial Circuit were all involved in the drug investigation along with the Sheriff's Office.

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