Polk County, Florida -- An investigation that began in October 2013, has resulted in the identification of 25 suspects involved in an organized drug trafficking enterprise.
Through their investigation, detectives and agents learned the organized methamphetamine crime ring was responsible for the distribution of large amounts of methamphetamine in Lake, Orange, Osceola, Polk and Seminole Counties.
Investigators identified the organization's source of methamphetamine supply as Javier Flores, aka: "El Don." Flores resides in southern California and manages large scale methamphetamine shipments to Lakeland, Florida, Atlanta, Georgia, and Las Vegas, Nevada through southern California from Mexico. The organization included a network of couriers, managers, distributors and customers.
Investigators learned that along with the intricate planning of running an organized drug empire, Flores also consulted a Voodoo priest who would provide predictions, prophecies and readings regarding the organization's decisions and welfare.
On Tuesday, March 18, 2014, investigators intercepted 44 pounds of methamphetamine at Love's Truck Stop in Polk City. The "uncut" street value of this amount is approximately $2 million. Also on Tuesday detectives arrested 13 suspects, seized tens of thousands of dollars, seven vehicles, approximately 100 weapons, bullet-proof vests, and thousands of rounds of ammunition. Two children, ages 1 and 3, were also removed from a residence and placed into DCF custody.
During the course of the investigation, detectives and agents learned two of those involved in the methamphetamine network were Josh Widdows and TJ Scott -- both Lakeland residents.
Widdows and Scott bought meth from Rojas and in turn were selling the meth on the streets of Polk County.