Cummings, 4 others arrested on drug charges
Published: Thursday, January 21, 2010 at 6:47 a.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, January 21, 2010 at 6:47 a.m.
The ability of a Putnam County sheriff's investigator to infiltrate a ring of suspected drug dealers led to the arrests Wednesday of the father of a missing Putnam County girl and his ex-wife along with several others.
Arrested were Ronald L. Cummings, 26, Misty Croslin, 18, Hank "Tommy" Croslin Jr., 23, and Hope A. Sykes, 18, all of Satsuma, and Donna Brock of Orlando. They were arrested Wednesday following a month-long investigation into trafficking in controlled prescription medications, said Putnam County sheriff's Lt. Johnny Greenwood.
"We had a source that said they were dealing large amounts of prescription drugs. We are talking amounts that could get 25 years in prison," Greenwood said. "We do not know where they were getting the drugs from. We want to see how much further this investigation can go in that regard."
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.
However, Greenwood said the investigation that led to the arrests did not stem from those earlier cases. Instead, it came from a tip from a source with knowledge of the alleged dealing of oxycodone and hydrocodone.
"We had a source come forward and our investigator was very good at infiltrating. We were working on it about a month," Greenwood said. Misty Croslin, Hank Croslin Jr. and Brock were taken from the Putnam County Jail to the St. Johns County Jail, where they remain incarcerated. Cummings was moved to the Flagler County Jail. Sykes remained in custody at the facility.
They were moved to jails outside of Putnam County because of past security issues with the jail and because of their notoriety, Greenwood said. Cummings and Misty Croslin were placed in separate jails to avoid the possibility of communication between them.
Misty Croslin is being held on $950,000 bail; Cummings, $500,000; Brock, $250,000; Sykes, $150,000; and Hank Croslin Jr., $100,000.
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 Brock, according to the Sheriff's Office.
If convicted as charged, Misty Croslin, Cummings and Brock 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 representative of a law firm that has represented Cummings in the past said the firm has not spoken to Cummings or to law enforcement since the arrest.
Sykes is related to Cummings while Brock became friends with Misty Croslin after the disappearance of Haleigh, Greenwood said.
He added that, while Cummings and Misty Croslin are divorced, they still associate with each other.
Greenwood said investigators will continue to pursue Haleigh's disappearence and will use the arrests as an opportunity.
"These are two investigations that are parallel," he said. "I hope something comes of it and we can gather enough information to bring it to a conclusion."
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