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Uhuru leader's sons arrested, accused of running drug house in St. Petersburg

ST. PETERSBURG — Four men were arrested in a raid Tuesday, accused of running a drug house and selling marijuana in the neighborhood.

Two of the men are the sons of local activist Omali Yeshitela, police said. They were identified as Weusi Africa Waller, 29, and Mwamba Bandele Yeshitela, 25.

Their father is the 68-year-old founder of the International People's Democratic Uhuru Movement and a former candidate for mayor of St. Petersburg. Omali Yeshitela could not be reached for comment.

The other two men arrested were identified as Tyron Jaron Cummings, 27, and Wayne Wells, 29. Cummings was arrested nine days after he finished a 10-year prison stint for robbery and possession of cocaine, according to state records.

According to St. Petersburg police reports, several undercover drug buys were made at 2353 13th St. S before the raid. Police said they served a search warrant at the home at 6:50 p.m. Tuesday and found two pounds of marijuana and thousands of dollars in cash. The marijuana was in different size packages meant for sale, police said. Police called it a routine investigation.

"There was a tip that led to an investigation that led to a search warrant," said police spokesman Bill Proffitt.

The connection among the four men and the house was unclear. None of the four arrested listed 2353 13th St. S as A home address. Cummings listed his address nearby at 2400 13th St. S. The home is owned by a Clearwater property company, records show.

All four men were arrested on two charges each: felony possession of marijuana with intent to sell and operating a drug-house, a misdemeanor.

An Uhuru spokeswoman did not return calls for comment on whether the men were affiliated with the group.

• Tyron Jaron Cummings, of 2400 13th St. S, was being held in the Pinellas County Jail Wednesday in lieu of $5,150 bail.

• Weusi Africa Waller, of 1161 Williams Drive, was released on his own recognizance Wednesday afternoon.

• Wayne Wells, of 2005 20th St. S, was released on bail 3 a.m. Wednesday.

• Mwamba Bandele Yeshitela, of 1161 Williams Drive, also was being held in lieu of $5,150 bail.

Uhuru leader's sons arrested, accused of running drug house in St. Petersburg 06/09/10 [Last modified: Wednesday, June 9, 2010 9:19pm]
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