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Residents accused in drug ring

Two Indian Rocks Beach residents were arrested Tuesday night in connection with a Florida-Tennessee drug ring, the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office said. Detectives also arrested two Knoxville, Tenn., men they suspect have been regularly buying cocaine from the Pinellas couple.

Donald Victor and Debbie Knevel were arrested after investigators served a search warrant at their home at 707 E Gulf Blvd. and confiscated $50,000 in powder cocaine, according to sheriff's reports. Detectives also found $2,000 in cash, two revolvers, a small amount of marijuana and drug paraphernalia.

Meanwhile, Pinellas detectives pulled over a Ford pickup truck driven by Kenneth H. Whaley, 39, and David D. Metler, 38, of Knoxville and found $37,000 in powder cocaine. Detectives confiscated the truck, sheriff's spokeswoman Marianne Pasha said.

Victor, 43, was charged with trafficking in cocaine and conspiracy to traffic in cocaine. Knevel, 31, and Whaley were charged with trafficking in cocaine. Metler was charged with trafficking in cocaine and possession of cocaine.

Pasha said the arrests resulted from a six-month investigation by the sheriff's narcotics bureau. Detectives from several local police departments and the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration assisted, she said.

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