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19 from Lake Wales Included in Operation Bell Gang Drug Arrests

Task Force Seizes Drugs, Guns


Last updated 7/29/2021 at 11:58am

Following a 16-month undercover investigation, Polk County Sheriff's Office undercover Narcotics detectives and the High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area Task Force made 29 arrests in the Lake Wales area and obtained three arrest warrants related to the trafficking, sale, and possession of illegal narcotics. The operation was dubbed the "Bell Gang Blues."

Seventeen of the suspects and two still at large were from Lake Wales.

During the investigation, detectives and agents executed search warrants at eight locations in southeast Polk County, one at 636 Hopson Road in Frostproof, and the rest...

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