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Drug task force busts 15 in raid

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By Jeff M. Hardison

BRONSON - Fifteen individuals were arrested in the East Williston area Dec. 6 on drug charges, according to Levy County Sheriff's Office spokesman Lt. Evan Sullivan.

The Drug Task Force, which consists of officers from the Levy County Sheriff's Office and the Chiefland Police Department, have been investigating and buying narcotics in the East Williston area.

A search and seizure operation netted $3,400 worth of drugs, $1,474 in cash, two vehicles and one firearm, Sullivan said.

The three-hour roundup busted 15 people on 45 felony charges, two misdemeanor arrests and two warrant arrest, Sullivan said.

Levy County Sheriff Johnny M. Smith Jr. has a zero-tolerance policy for any crime, Sullivan said. He recognizes drug activities impact the community in burglaries, thefts and robberies, Sullivan added.

The Drug Task Force will continue to investigate drug activity in Levy County, Sullivan said, and anyone with information on drug activity can call Commander Duane Dyksta at (352) 486-5111 or if you would to like remain anonymous can call Crime Stoppers at 1-877-349-8477.

Following are the suspects and their charges:

* Paul Lavelle Alexander, 29, of Williston, sale of cocaine, sale of cocaine within 1,000 feet of a school and two counts of possession of cocaine. Bond $135,000.

* Eddie Daniel Graham, 24, of Williston, two counts of sale of cocaine and two counts of possession of cocaine. Bond $100,000.

* Lee Clarence Lewis, 20, of Williston, three counts of sale of cocaine and three counts of possession of cocaine. Bond $75,000.

* Jeffrey Rashad Middleton, 24, of Williston, two counts of sale of cocaine within 1,000 feet of a school and two counts of possession of cocaine. Bond $100,000.

* Derwin Homer Williams, 47, of Williston, possession of cocaine within 1,000 feet of a school. Bond $75,000

* Quadrell Henry Robinson, 19, of Williston, resisting arrest without violence. Bond $1,000

* Donnie Lee Wesley Jr., 23, of Williston, two counts of sale of cocaine and two counts of possession of cocaine. Bond $100,000.

* Derrick Wesley, 18, of Williston, felonious possession of marijuana, possession of cocaine, possession of cocaine with intent to sell, and possession of marijuana with intent to sell. Bond $35,000.

* Robert Lee Gaines, 22, of Ocala, possession of cocaine, sale of cocaine

Bond $7,500.

* Calvin Jackson, 43, of Williston, possession of cocaine and sale of cocaine within 1,000 feet of a school. Bond $25,000.

* Courtney Cordelroe Harvey, 19, of Williston, possession of cocaine and sale of cocaine. Bond $ 25,000.

* Harold Monroe Dallas, 20, of Williston, two counts of possession of cocaine and two counts of sale of cocaine. Bond $5,000.

* Gerald Lavern Ross, 36, of Gainesville, sale of cocaine within 1,000 feet of a school and possession of cocaine within 1,000 feet of a school. In federal custody.

* James Rudolph Williams, 25, of Williston, two counts of possession of cocaine and two counts of sale of cocaine.

* Jerry L. Graves, 42, of Ocala, arrested on two warrants.

* Diamond A. Robinson, 17, of Williston, battery on a law enforcement officer, which is a felony, and resisting arrest without violence. The name of a minor charged with a felony may be published. Juvenile was released.