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32 arrested in Manatee undercover drug sting

MANATEE -- Thirty-two people were arrested by the Manatee County Sheriff’s Office on Friday on drug-related charges following several undercover investigations over the past four months.

There were 112 arrest warrants for 50 suspects, according to a news release.

“We do these undercover operations and those take place over a series of weeks,” said Dave Bristow, sheriff’s office spokesman.

Bristow added that similar operations will continue.

“They all seem to go pretty well,” he said.

Drugs confiscated included Oxycodone, crack cocaine, powder cocaine and marijuana.

Many of those arrested were caught selling drugs to undercover investigators, authorities said.

Some suspects remain at large, but Sheriff Brad Steube said the sheriff’s office is actively pursuing those individuals.

The special investigations division, along with the warrants unit, conducted the roundup, the release said.

During the operation, gang unit deputies saw evidence crack cocaine being cooked inside a residence in the 5200 block of 15th Street Court East, the release said. Deputies obtained a search warrant and found rock cocaine, powder cocaine, marijuana, Oxycodone and a handgun.

Some of those arrested have been arrested during previous operations, Steube said.

“This is a continuing problem,” he said about drug use and sales. “That’s why we do undercover operations.”

Those arrested Friday, with age and charges:

- Darrin Scott Shinkle, 25, sale of a controlled substance

- Sierra Layne Fischer, 31, sale of cannabis

- Delana Dee Brakeall, 43, sale of cannabis

- Amanda Burks, 35, possession of drug paraphernalia

- Melissa Cottrell, 36, sale of a controlled substance

- Jessica Debuduo, 38, doctor shopping

- Kevin Grissom, 46, sale of a controlled substance

- Vernon Johnson, 47, sale of rock cocaine within 1,000 feet of a school

- Kenneth Krals, 24, three counts of sale of a controlled substance

- Kenneth Tyson Lease, 21, sale of a controlled substance

- Carlton Gerard Presha, 30, sale of rock cocaine

- Michael James Shima, 44, trafficking in Oxycodone and obtaining a controlled substance by fraud

- Cindi Ford Spencer, 40, sale of a controlled substance

- Ricky Lee Spencer, 45, sale of a controlled substance

- Willie James Walker, 35, sale of rock cocaine and sale of a controlled substance

- Joseph Lemont Watson, 29, sale of cannabis

- Ronnie Sims, 24, sale of rock cocaine

- Saher Kader, 48, sale of a controlled substance

- Priyesh Khara, 33, sale of a controlled substance

- Clifford Leland Jr., 31, sale of rock cocaine within 1,000 feet of a school

- Willie Clint Bryant, 18, sale of rock cocaine within 1,000 feet of a school

- Johnathan Uriah McKinney, 18, sale of controlled substance, sale of cannabis

- James Brown IV, 22, sale of a controlled substance

- Adranno Deveaux, 26, sale of rock cocaine within 1,000 feet of a school, sale of rock cocaine

- Treadis Jones, 29, sale of rock cocaine and sale of cocaine

- Edward Doe Prewitt, 40, bench warrant for violation of probation for driving with a suspended license

- Ruben Frank Harris, 28, bench warrant for criminal mischief

- Christopher Barton,26, sale of a controlled substance

- Alice Thompson, 28, doctor shopping

- Leon Rodgers, 17, sale of rock cocaine

- Kenneth Matthews, 22, possession of cannabis

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