12-year-old boy, 7 others arrested for selling drugs near Manatee school

October 1, 2012 

MANATEE -- Manatee deputies have arrested eight persons for selling drugs within 1,000 feet of Samoset Elementary School. More arrests are pending, according to the sheriff's office.

Over the past two months, Manatee County Sheriff's Office detectives made multiple narcotics purchases in and around a residence in the 3600 block of 19th Street East.

During the investigation, deputies were able to obtain arrest warrants on 14 persons, according to a sheriff's office news release.

Detectives have arrested eight of the 14 persons on narcotics related charges. On Friday, detectives executed a search warrant at the residence and seized 1.8 grams of Oxycodone (18 pills), 11 grams of rock cocaine and 3.9 grams of marijuana with a total value of $1,600. Two rifles and a stolen handgun were also seized, the sheriff's office reported Monday.

The investigation is ongoing and detectives will continue to check the area with additional arrests pending.

Among those arrested:

1. 12-year-old male, for selling rock within 1,000 feet of a school (Samoset Elementary).

2. Pascual Betancourt, 26, for sale of controlled substance within 1,000 feet of a school.

3. Tabitha Guthrie, 30, sale of rock cocaine within 1,000 feet of a school.

4. William Hunt, 24, sale of controlled substance within 1,000 feet of a school.

5. Castora Moesley, 52, sale of controlled substance within 1,000 feet of a school, child neglect.

6. Roy Woods, 21, sale of controlled substance within 1,000 feet of a school. driving while license suspended.

7. Christopher Dixon, 34, sale of controlled substance within 1,000 feet of a school.

8. Linda Martini, 37, sale of controlled substance within 1,000 feet of a school.

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