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Polk gated community site of drug, counterfeiting bust

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Published:   |   Updated: March 22, 2013 at 10:25 PM

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Gated communities tend to be known for their security measures and manicured landscaping.

This week, though, a gated community in Lakeland has people's attention for another reason: It's where Polk County deputies arrested nine people and say they seized methamphetamine, firearms and evidence of a money-counterfeiting operation.

Neighbors complained of people going to the house at 5532 Black Hawk Lane, in the Hawks Ridge subdivision, at all hours of the day, sheriff's spokeswoman Carrie Eleazer said.

A search warrant was served on the house Wednesday. Along with the methamphetamine and counterfeiting equipment, deputies also seized drug paraphernalia, three handguns and a rifle, the sheriff's office reports.

Arrested were:

• Warren Crowder, 43, of 5532 Black Hawk Lane, charged with possession of methamphetamine and possession of drug paraphernalia.

• James Kunkle, 54, of 5532 Black Hawk Lane, charged with possession of a concealed firearm, possession of methamphetamine, possession of drug paraphernalia, maintaining a dwelling for drug use and possession of counterfeit U.S. currency.

• Fancy Brown, 32, of 1645 West Oak Drive, Lakeland, charged with possession of methamphetamine and possession of drug paraphernalia.

• Justin Annis, 28, of 5532 Black Hawk Lane, Lakeland, charged with possession of methamphetamine and possession of drug paraphernalia.

• Chase Morton, 18, of 3835 Duff Road, Lakeland, charged with possession of methamphetamine and possession of drug paraphernalia.

• Thomas Huff, 38, of 2709 Providence Road, Lakeland, charged with possession of counterfeit U.S. currency and possession of less than 20 grams of marijuana.

• Jessica Jackman, 22, of 2008 Sweet Fern Place, Lakeland, charged with possession of counterfeit U.S. currency and violation of probation for petty theft.

• Stephen Weaver, 36, of 406 Leslie Road, Lakeland, charged with possession of counterfeit U.S. currency and possession of less than 20 grams of marijuana.

• Shawn Whitford, 25, of 4985 Magnolia, Mulberry, charged with violation of probation for domestic violence.

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