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100 arrests: Drug Operation Street Sweeper

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By Bob Reichman

By the time the Sumter County Sheriff’s Office brings Operation Street Sweeper to a close, an anticipated 100 people will be arrested on drug charges in Sumter County.
The arrests amount to one of the largest drug operations ever conducted in the county.
Most recently, in phase two of the operation, those arrested on drug charges hit 78 suspects taken into custody with more arrests pending.
“We should have about 100 arrested when it’s completed,” said sheriff’s Capt. Kevin Hofecker.
The six-month operation was spread throughout Sumter County. Officers attempted to arrest suspects during morning hours to avoid involving innocent people and children moving back and forth to schools.
“Our biggest priority was to do this safely and as efficiently as possible,” Hofecker said.
The drug sweep included at least 40 law enforcement officer working different shifts, he said. “It’s disappointing to see so many people who are lured into drugs for making a quick buck.”
Hofecker said the sheriff’s office is hopeful that the arrests send a clear message to drug dealers.
“For us, drug enforcement is a priority and we’re going to continue to take necessary enforcement efforts to tell these drug deals they can’t deal drugs here.”
Arrested were:
Melvyn Patterson, 22, Wildwood, sale and possession of marijuana with intent to sell, unlawful use of two-way communication device, keeping drug shop. Bond at $110,500.
Lynn Bedgood Jain, 33, Wildwood, sale and possession with intent to sell oxycodone, unlawful use of two-way device. No bond.
Vernon D. Harrison, 27, Wildwood, sale and possession of cocaine and marijuana with intent to sell. Bond at $150,000.
Katherine Ratliff, 29, Bushnell, sale and possession with intent to sell oxycodone. Bond at $40,500.
Titus Lavar Simon, 29, Wildwood, sale and possession with intent to sell cocaine, keeping drug shop. Bond at $40,500.
Travis T. Shannon, 31, Leesburg, sale and possession with intent to sell cocaine. Bond at $40,000.
Sherrie Mahon, 52, Bushnell, sale of cocaine, unlawful use of two-way device, trafficking and possession of hydrocodone. Bond at $160,000.
Robert A. Huddleston, 32, Webster, sale and possession of methamphetamine with intent, unlawful use of two-way device, drug shop. Bond at $45,500.
Jesse Christopher Wells, 44, Center Hill, sale and possession with intent to sell methamphetamine, unlawful use of two-way device, keeping drug shop or vehicle. Bond at $151,000.
Rachel V. Nethercot, 55, Bushnell, arrested for sale and possession with intent to sell cocaine unlawful use of two-way device, keeping drug shop. Bond at $90,500.
Rhonda Harris, 32, Bushnell, arrested for trafficking and possession of oxycodone, unlawful use of two-way device. Bond at $125,000.
Evelyn C. Craig, 24, Bushnell, arrested for trafficking and possession with intent to sell hydrocodone, unlawful use of two-way device, keeping drug shop. Bond at $125,000.
Gary Lee Steele, 66, Bushnell, sale and possession with intent to sell morphine, keeping place for use/sale of controlled substances. Bond at $60,500.
Robert Earl Webb, 50, Bushnell, trafficking and possession with intent to sell hydrocodone. Bond at $120,000.
Richard D. Whitehead, 35, Bushnell, trafficking and possession with intent to sell hydrocodone, unlawful use of two-way device, keep drug shop. Bond at $125,500.
Sunday B. Lent, 66, Bushnell, sale and possession with intent to sell oxycodone, keep place for sale/use controlled substances. Bond at $40,500.
Brenda L. Pouliot, 48, Lake Panasoffkee, trafficking and possession with intent to sell oxycodone. Bond at $120,000.
Denzel Devon Smith, 22, Bushnell, trafficking and possession with intent to sell oxycodone, unlawful use of two-way communication, keeping place for use-sale controlled substances. Bond at $250,000.
Shirley Ann Everett, 46, Bushnell, sale of oxycodone. Bond at $20,000.
Karen Lynn Howell, 36, Webster, sale and possession of controlled substance with intent to sell. Bond at $40,000.
Veyonna Slatzmann, 38, Webster, trafficking and possession with intent to sell hydrocodone. Bond at $120,000.
Barbara Younts, 52, Bushnell, arrested for sale and possession with intent to sell controlled substances, unlawful use of two-way device, keeping drug shop. Bond at $45,500.
Marcus B. Wright, 30, Webster, trafficking and possession with intent to sell hydrocone, keeping place for use/sale controlled substances. Bond at $120,500.
Jack Terry, 59, Webster, trafficking and possession with intent to sell hydrocodone, unlawful use of two-way device, keeping drug shop. Bond at $131,000.
Jesse Wayne Day, 58, Bushnell, trafficking and possession with intent to sell hydrocodone. Bond at $120,000.
Nikki Lynn George, 37, Bushnell, sale of methamphetamine, unlawful use of two-way communication. Bond at $25,000.
Glenna Blackwelder, 34, Bushnell, sale and possession with intent to sell methamphetamine, sale and possession with inent to sell controlled substances, unlawful use of two-way communication, keeping place for use/sale of controlled substances. Bond at $106,500.
Filipe Madrigal, 18, Webster, sale and possession with intent to sell marijuana. Bond at $80,000.
Terry L. Bedgood, 39, Webster, sale and possession with intent to sell methamphetamine. Bond at $40,000.
Randy Harold Bedgood Jr., 23, Webster, sale and possession with intent to sell marijuana. Bond at $80,000.
Daniel Whitman, 30, Webster, sale and possession with intent to sell hydrocodone. Bond at $40,000.
Shereeda Glenn, 23, Webster, sale and possession with intent to sell marijuana. Bond at $60,000.
Alfonso Edwards, 56, Webster, sale and possession with intent to sell oxycodone, unlawful use of two-way device, keeping drug shop, sale and possession with intent to sell cocaine. Bond at $110,000.
Wendy Robison, 48, Webster, sale and possession with intent to sell morphine and alprazolam, keeping a drug shop. No bond.
Joanne Baker, 46, Webster, arrested for trafficking and possession with intent to sell hydrocodone, unlawful use of two-way communication. Bond at $120,500.
Jerry Dean Noel, 69, Webster, sale and possession with intent to sell marijuana, keeping drug shop. Bond at $40,500.
Terrence R. Green, 29, Wildwood, sale and possession with intent to sell marijuana and cocaine, keeping place for use/sale of controlled substances. Bond at $110,000.
Barbara Ann Mitchell, 62, Webster, principle to sale of marijuana, unlawful use of two-way communication, keeping place for use/sale. Bond at $25,500
William Maxie Sayre, 37, sale and possession of methamphetamine, keeping place for sale/use controlled substances. Bond at $101,500.
Cecil Creech Sr., 38, Bushnell, trafficking and possession with intent to sell hydrocodone, unlawful use of two-way device, keeping drug shop. Bond at $125,500.
Cecil Creech Jr., 20, Center Hill, trafficking and possession with intent to sell hydrocodone, use of two-way communication, keeping drug shop. Bond at $135,500.
Perry Wayne Roberts, 36, Center Hill, sale and possession with intent to sell marijuana. Bond at $60,500.
Alisha Wallace, 35, Center Hill, sale and possession with intent to sell methamphetamine. Bond at $40,000.
Russell M. Haskins, 38, Lake Panasoffkee, sale and possession with intent to sell marijuana, keeping drug shop. Bond at $40,500.
Holden Mac Harris, 22, Lake Panasoffkee, sale and possession with intent to sell marijuana. Bond at $40,000.
Donna M. Moore, 53, Sumterville, sale and possession with intent to sell hydromorphine, unlawful use of two-way communication, keeping place for use/sale of controlled substances. Bond at $45,000.
Daniel Lee Malone, 29, Sumterville, sale and possession with intent to sell oxycodone, unlawful use of two-way communications. Bond at $45,000.
Shonnie C. McCullough, 51, Wildwood, sale, trafficking and possession of hydrocodone, keeping place for use/sale of controlled substances. Bond at $191,000.
Carla Abney, 49, Nobleton, sale and possession with intent methamphetamine, delivery of controlled substance, unlawful use of two-way communication, keep drug shop. Bond at $85,500.
Roy Don Herndon, 46, Groveland, sale and possession with intent to sell oxycodone. Bond at $40,000.
Yelanda Scroggins, 29, Lake Panasoffkee, arrested for sale and possession of marijuana with intent to sell. Bond at $45,000.
Maggie L. Zanders, 40, Bushnell, sale and possession of oxycodone, violation of probation, sale and possession with intent to sell morphine. No bond.
Jim Ayala Jr., 26, sale and possession with intent to sell marijuana. Bond at $45,000.