The Central Florida High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area task force arrested five people and seized about 23 pounds of methamphetamine during operations in Haines City on Friday, the Polk County Sheriff's Office said.
The investigation began when HIDTA detectives received information about two men believed to be distributing meth in Haines City. Their work led to a search warrant being served at the home of Juan Arteaga-Orozco, 33, 95 George M Road, where officials seized over 8.5 pounds of processed meth and more than 11 pounds of liquid meth, as well as a firearm.
Detectives also conducted a traffic stop on Arteaga-Orozco's brother, Enrique Arteaga, 37, and found a half-pound of meth in his possession. They served a search warrant at his residence, 2401 Citrus Blvd., and seized approximately one pound of meth from inside, about two pounds of meth buried in the backyard, two firearms, and more than $34,000 cash.
Their mother, Candelaria Arteaga, 61, 95 George M Road, was also arrested.
Two other suspects -- Jerad Smith, 24, 639 Magnolia St., Waverly, and Ashley Futch, 22, 6849 Porter Road, Lake Wales -- were also identified and arrested.
Enrique Arteaga and Juan Arteaga-Orozco were charged with armed trafficking in meth (over 400 grams); conspiracy to traffic meth (over 400 grams); and maintaining a dwelling for drug trafficking.
Candelaria Arteaga was charged with maintaining a dwelling for drug trafficking.
Smith was charged with possession of meth and possession of paraphernalia, and Futch was charged with possession of marijuana and possession of paraphernalia.