On Sept. 30, the Central Florida High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area task force arrested six suspects in the Fort Meade area and seized approximately 19 pounds of methamphetamine.
The investigation began earlier this year when detectives received information about the Gabriel Zamarripa drug trafficking organization operating in Polk County. This organization has ties to the Gulf Cartel, one of the more violent drug cartels operating in North America and Mexico, the sheriff’s officer reports.
After making several undercover buys of “ICE,” which is methamphetamine in its purest form, detectives intercepted a package intended for Gabriel Zamarripa that contained 4.5 pounds of meth.
On Sept. 30, members of the HIDTA Task Force responded to Zamarripa’s address, 1180 Meadow Lawn St., Fort Meade, seized an additional 14.5 pounds of meth and $5,790 in U.S. currency, and made the following arrests:
Forty-seven-year-old Gabriel Zamarripa of 1180 Meadow Lawn St., Fort Meade; charged with two counts trafficking in meth; two counts of maintaining structure for drug use; one count conspiracy to traffic in meth; one count bringing meth into the state; two counts possession of paraphernalia. He has been in the Polk County Jail on five prior occasions, the sheriff’s office reports, for trafficking and other meth-related charges, possession of firearm by convicted felon, domestic battery, and violation of probation. He was booked on a Nebbia hold.
Twenty-year-old Gabriel Zamarripa Jr., of 1180 Meadow Lawn St., Fort Meade; charged with one count possession of meth; one count possession of marijuana; one count possession of paraphernalia. He has been in the Polk County Jail on one prior occasion, for giving false verification to a secondhand dealer.
Twenty-two-year-old Rodolfo Jalomo of Brownsville, Texas; charged with one count trafficking in meth; one count conspiracy to traffic in meth; one count delivering meth; one count possession of paraphernalia. He is being held on a Nebbia hold.
Twenty-two-year-old Elias Serrano Jr., of 1165 Sand Mountain Road, Fort Meade; charged with: one count of trafficking in meth; one count possession of meth; two counts possession of paraphernalia. He has been in the Polk County Jail on six prior occasions, for possession of meth, possession of marijuana, giving false verification to a secondhand dealer, dealing in stolen property, burglary, grand theft, and violation of probation.
Thirty-seven-year-old Brandy Kemp of 422 Citrus Highlands Drive, Bartow; charged with one count trafficking in meth; one count conspiracy to traffic in meth; one count unlawful use of two-way communication devices; one count possession of paraphernalia; and three counts of violaton of probation. She has been in the Polk County Jail on three prior occasions, for resisting arrest, trespassing, grand theft, and dealing in stolen property.
Thirty-two-year-old Chester White, Jr., of 39 N. Cherokee Ave., Fort Meade; charged with one count trafficking in meth; one count maintain dwelling for drug use; one count possession of paraphernalia; six counts grand theft of firearm; one count possession of firearm by convicted felon; one count possession of forged ID; one count dealing in stolen property. He has been in the Polk County Jail on 16 prior occasions and to state prison for possession WITS meth, possession WITS cocaine, possession WITS counterfeit controlled substance, resisting arrest, possession of marijuana, possession of paraphernalia, possession of stolen property, driving with a suspended or revoked license, and violation of probation.
Man charged with possession of imitation pot
Christopher Alan McNeal, 31, of 475 S. 9th Ave., Bartow, was charged with possession of more than three grams of synthetic cannabis on Sept. 27, the Bartow Police Department reports.
On Sept. 26, an officer went to McNeal’s house to serve an arrest warrant and found he had a plastic bag with a green leafy substance. The total weight of the item was 5.3 grams, the police reported.
McNeal was taken to the Polk County Jail.
The green leafy substance was sent to be tested and it came back as XLR11, a form of synthetic cannabis.
The next day, the officer went to McNeal’s house with a probation officer because McNeal’s roommate is under his supervision, police reported.
McNeal was on the front porch and he was placed under arrest. Found in his left front pocket police found another bag of synthetic pot, it reports.
Pair arrested for stealing fire extinguishers
Nicholas Jordan Franklin, 18, of 503 S. Broadway, and Belford Luis Rivera Caldero, 18, of 1245 E. Summerlin St., were charged with grand theft as he is accused of taking two fire extinguishers from an apartment complex, Bartow Police report.
At 12:10 a.m. on Sept. 29, witnesses said they saw Frnaklin running from the breezeways of Building B at 980 E. Church Street. They said they heard a loud noise coming from that area and saw Franklin and Rivera Caldero carrying two fire extinguishers.
They saw the pair get into an Nissan SUV and drive off. One witness said she tried to stop them but they just kept driving. Knowing who it was, the witnesses gave officers his name. Upon doing a search they found the pair at Main Street and First Avenue. The officer went to get the witnesses who positively identified him, police reported. The officer also made contact with Timothy Coe who is the a representative from Summerlin Oaks who identified the stolen fire extinguishers and said no one had permission to remove them from the property.