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Four arrested in raid on suspected Hillsborough meth lab

BRANDON — A raid on a suspected meth lab Wednesday night yielded four arrests and two baggies of methamphetamine, investigators said.

The Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office got a tip that the residence at 11380 Bloomingdale Ave., Unit B, was being used to cook the drugs. Authorities obtained a search warrant and raided the residence.

Residents Jimmy "Dirty" Wingate Jr., 28, Sammy Williams Jr., 33, and Michael Barnes, 38, were arrested after investigators found materials consistent with the "one pot" or "shake and bake" drug cooking method. Deputies also arrested Jessica Evans, 27, of 4036 Cortez Drive, Unit A, who was present during the raid.

During searches, deputies said they found a small bag of white powder that tested positive for meth in the sweatband of Wingate's baseball cap and a counterfeit $20 bill. Printers, special paper and computers were also taken into evidence.

After Wingate got out of a cruiser at the Hillsborough County jail, a deputy found another small bag of meth shoved between the seat cushions, the Sheriff's Office said.

All four suspects were charged with manufacturing a controlled substance. Win­gate also was charged with two counts of possession of a controlled substance and making or possessing an implement to forge bills.

William, Evans and Barnes were being held in a Hillsborough County jail on $7,500 bail. Wingate's bail was set at $8,000.

Four arrested in raid on suspected Hillsborough meth lab 07/07/11 [Last modified: Thursday, July 7, 2011 10:45pm]
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