Nine people have been arrested by the Polk County Sheriff’s Office for drug trafficking and various other charges, after a suspicious package was discovered at a shipping facility on Wednesday, June 23, 2021.
From that discovery, an investigation was launched, with a collaboration among several PCSO specialized units: High-Intensity Drug-Trafficking Area Task Force (HIDTA), Organized Crime Unit, Tactical Drug Unit, Technical Services, and the Narcotics Unit.
In addition to the arrests, the PCSO seized approximately 20 kilograms of methamphetamine, 1 kilogram of cocaine, 417 grams of oxycodone, four firearms, one vehicle (2021 GMC Canyon ZR2), and $62,300.00 in currency.
The arrested include Stacy Nylen, 41, of Winter Haven; Shawn Sutter, 41, of Pinellas Park; David King, 40, of Winter Haven; Shaun Lehoe, 42, of Bradenton; Jorge Reyes, 61, of Bradenton; James Hall, 47, of Sarasota; Mallory Hertweck, 34, of Bradenton; Julio Calderon Hernandez, 32, of Warner Robbins, Georgia and Diana Salas Patino, 30, of Warner Robbins, Georgia.
When a detective initially responded to the shipping facility on June 23rd, he utilized his K9 partner to sniff the package. K9 Jin reacted to the package and a search warrant was then obtained to further examine it.
The search of the box revealed 42 different ½-pound bags of methamphetamine.
A search warrant was then obtained for a residence at 343 Cloverdale Road in Winter Haven, which was where the package was to be delivered. Nylen and Sutter were arrested at that location.
Additional arrests were made on King, Lehoe, and Hall, as each one met individually with undercover detectives for the purpose of purchasing large amounts of methamphetamine.
Detectives then contacted Salas Patino in the Atlanta, Georgia area to arrange a delivery of a large amount of methamphetamine and cocaine to a location in Lakeland. The next day, June 25th, Salas Patino, accompanied by Hernandez Colon, arrived at the meeting location and were arrested.