Two more arrests in Polk Co. in 'Hoodoo Voodoo' meth ring - WRBL

Two more arrests in Polk Co. in 'Hoodoo Voodoo' meth ring

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Authorities in Polk County dismantled a major meth ring this week. Authorities in Polk County dismantled a major meth ring this week.
Scott, 24, is no stranger to law enforcement in Polk County. Scott, 24, is no stranger to law enforcement in Polk County.
Widdows, 30, is facing several charges including drug possession. Widdows, 30, is facing several charges including drug possession.
LAKELAND, FL (WFLA) - Authorities in Polk County have arrested two more suspects in connection with a major methamphetamine operation that was dismantled earlier this week.

Tyler ‘T.J’ Scott and Josh Widdows are facing a variety of charges including drug trafficking. Both suspects were booked into the Polk County Jail where they are being held without bond.
 
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According to a Polk County Sheriff’s Office report deputies with assistance from the U.S. Marshal’s Fugitive Task Force took Scott, 24, and Widdows, 30, into custody late Friday.

Investigators say the pair was known to associate with Matthew Tutt, a man who was responsible for shooting and seriously injuring two Polk County deputies in June 2010. Tutt, 21, was fatally shot by one of the injured deputies in the June 25, 2010 incident.

At approximately 2:30 am on that date, Deputies Mike Braswell and Paul Fairbanks were patrolling in the area of Plateau Ave. and Josephine St. near Lakeland. The deputies were patrolling the area due to a number of burglaries.

They encountered Tutt who pulled a gun from under his shirt and fired at both deputies. Fairbanks was hit three times and Braswell four times – both have since recovered from their injuries.

On Tuesday the Polk County Sheriff’s Office held a news conference to announce several arrests in the methamphetamine distribution ring case. Detectives indentified 25 suspects involved in the operation – several of them were already in custody but Scott and Widdows were still at large.

The ring was responsible for distributing large amounts of methamphetamine in Lake, Orange, Osceola, Polk and Seminole counties the report states.

Investigators identified the organization’s source of methamphetamine supply as Javier Flores, aka: “El Don.” Flores resides in southern California and managed large scale methamphetamine shipments to Lakeland, Florida, Atlanta, Georgia, and Las Vegas, Nevada through southern California from Mexico.

The organization included a network of couriers, managers, distributors and customers. In February, detectives intercepted a $200,170 cash delivery meant to pay for methamphetamine from a courier.

Law enforcement officials also learned Flores consulted a Voodoo priest who would provide predictions, prophecies and readings regarding the organization’s decisions and welfare.

Through follow-up investigation, PCSO detectives and U.S. Marshals received information that Widdows may be at a residence on Shelby Brook Drive in Plant City. Deputies and Marshalls responded to the residence, and located Widdows and Scott inside.

They were both taken into custody without incident.

Widdows has been charged with Trafficking in MDMA; Possession of Meth WITS, Sale of Meth, Maintaining Vehicle for Drug Use, Conspiracy to Trafficking in Meth, Possession of Short-Barreled Shotgun, Unlawful Use of Two-Way Device, and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.

He has been in the Polk County Jail on four prior occasions.

Scott has been charged with Trafficking in MDMA; Possession of Meth WITS, Sale of Meth, Maintaining Vehicle for Drug Use, Conspiracy to Trafficking in Meth, Possession of Firearm by Convicted Felon, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, and VOP.

He has been in the Polk County Jail on five prior occasions.

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