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Five men from Pasco face federal drug and money laundering charges

HUDSON — The three sons of Lisa Barabas-Henry, owner of the Holy Ground Homeless Shelter, were indicted last week on federal drug and money laundering charges.

Larry Gene Barabas, 25, of 10805 Gawain Road in Port Richey; Landon Douglas Barabas, 23, who lists Holy Ground's address at 8835 Denton Ave. in Hudson; and Lance Derek Barabas, 21, of 101 S 12th St. in Tampa are accused of being part of a large, Tennessee-based drug ring selling oxycodone, Ecstasy and marijuana that has garnered at least $1.25 million since 2007, according to court documents.

Eleven others were arrested, most from Tennessee and North Carolina. Two suspects, Mary Wilson, 21, and Hunter Hobbs, 21, had $21,720 in cash on them when they were arrested, according to records.

In addition to the Barabas siblings, two others from Pasco were taken into federal custody: Richard Douglas Sullivan, 22, of 6636 Harbor Drive in Hudson and Douglas Chantz Dodd, 20, of 9504 Marley Ave. in New Port Richey.

The Barabas brothers, Sullivan and Dodd were booked into the Pinellas County jail on Oct. 27. Larry Barabas was released the next day on $100,000 bail. His mother put up her property located at 12709 Woodbine Drive in Hudson as collateral to get him out, according to court records.

The property is owned by Holy Ground Inc., records show. Larry Barabas is ordered to reside at his Port Richey home with his wife and to find a job. He surrendered his passport and his travel is limited to court appearances in Florida and Tennessee. Sullivan was also released on Oct. 28 and is ordered to live with his father and find employment.

The others are being held without bail. Landon Barabas was denied bail because he tested positive for cocaine, marijuana, opiates and benzodiazepine at the time of his arrest, records state.

Serbo Simeoni, the Safety Harbor-based attorney representing the Barabas siblings, said it is too early in the process to comment on the allegations against his clients. Though he said he will "vigorously defend their rights in this matter."

The prosecutor for the case, Assistant U.S. Attorney David Lewen in Knoxville, did not return a call for this story Wednesday. Public information officer for the U.S. Attorney's Office in the Eastern District of Tennessee, Sharry Dedman-Beard, did not return repeated calls about this case last week.

A press release issued by Dedman-Beard said the agencies that worked together in this investigation were the Drug Enforcement Administration, the criminal investigation division of the Internal Revenue Service, the Knoxville Police Department, the Pasco County Sheriff's Office and the Tampa Police Department. The release stated a trial date has been set for Dec. 30 in the U.S. District Court in Knoxville.

Times researcher Will Gorham contributed to this story. Erin Sullivan can be reached at esullivan@sptimes.com or (727) 869-6229.

Five men from Pasco face federal drug and money laundering charges 11/04/09 [Last modified: Wednesday, November 4, 2009 9:02pm]
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