Polk County Drug Investigation

“Bell Gang Blues” 32 Suspects Charged In Drug Investigation, 3 Suspects Still At Large

POLK COUNTY, FL. – Sheriff Grady Judd announced this afternoon, an undercover drug trafficking investigation by the HIDTA (High-Intensity Drug Trafficking Area) task force that took place in the Lake Wales area.

Following a 16-month undercover investigation, Polk County Sheriff’s Office undercover Narcotics detectives and the HIDTA (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.

During the investigation, detectives, and agents executed search warrants at eight locations in southeast Polk County:

  • 114 Lincoln Ave, Lake Wales
  • 506 Crescent Cir, Lake Wales
  • 514 Crescent Cir, Lake Wales
  • 15208 Quail Circle, Lake Wales
  • 219 D St, Lake Wales
  • 116 E Northside Dr. #3, Lake Wales
  • 627 Washington Ave, Lake Wales
  • 636 Hopson Rd, Frostproof

Detectives filed 301 total felony and 134 total misdemeanor charges against the suspects during the investigation. Altogether, the suspects have 645 previous charges, including 314 prior felonies and 331 prior misdemeanors.


“It amazes me that some people still think drug traffickers are somehow low-level, non-violent criminals. In this instance, eleven guns were in the hands of these felons – two of which were stolen. Illegal drugs ruin lives, destroy families, drive up property crime, and wreck neighborhoods. Our community is safer because of the outstanding work by our detectives,” said Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd.

The suspects face a total of 301 felonies and 134 misdemeanors. Their combined criminal histories include 314 total felonies and 331 total misdemeanors.

Investigation Summary:

  • 11 firearms seized (2 were reported as stolen)
  • Approximately 22.4 pounds of marijuana seized (street value: approximately $100,000)
  • Approximately 4.3 pounds of methamphetamine seized (street value: approximately $97,950)
  • Approximately 1.7 pounds of cocaine seized (street value: approximately $81,000)
  • Approximately 36.3 grams of Ecstasy (street value: approximately $3,630)
  • Approximately 32 bags of THC candy (street value: approximately $640)
  • Approximately 2.5 grams of heroin (street value: approximately $500)
  • Approximately 5 grams of oxycodone seized (street value: approximately $100)

Polk County Sheriff’s Office is still seeking the following suspects:

Angela Dunklebarger, DOB 11/22/1971 of Lake Wales is wanted for:

  • Conspiracy to purchase marijuana (1 counts)
  • Unlawful use of a two-way device (1 count)

Tavoris Jones, DOB 11/17/1983 of Lake Wales is wanted for:

  • Conspiracy to purchase marijuana (15 counts)
  • Unlawful use of two communication device (1 count)

Reginald Phillips B/M 11/20/1983 of Dundee is wanted for:

  • Conspiracy to sell marijuana (2 counts)

Unlawful use of two communication device (1 count)

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