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Gang inquiry nets 5 arrests

Which is more powerful, a warlock or a wizard?

The law enforcement officers who participated in Operation Wizard late Friday night might have the answer. Pasco Sheriff Lee Cannon said he is confident that they have shut down the alleged illegal activities of Pasco's Warlocks Motorcycle Club.

"We would like to send a strong message to those motorcycle gangs who think they are going to run their operations in Pasco or anywhere else," Cannon said Saturday. "We're going to do everything we can to stop them."

Five of 12 criminal suspects, all of whom live in Zephyrhills, were arrested Friday night on charges including sale, possession and delivery of cocaine, armed drug trafficking, dealing in stolen property and various weapons charges.

The seven other suspects, three from Zephyrhills, two from Hillsborough County and two without a permanent address, were still being sought Saturday, Cannon said.

Operation Wizard was the culmination of a six-month investigation in which undercover officers from various agencies infiltrated the organization. The Warlocks' clubhouse is at 36442 Urban Road in Zephyrhills.

The agencies involved were Pasco County Sheriff's Office, Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office, Florida Department of Law Enforcement, State Division of Alcoholic Beverages and Tobacco, the state attorney's offices in Pasco and Hillsborough, and the Office of the Statewide Prosecutor in Orlando.

"They certainly didn't recognize boundaries with their activities," Cannon said. "Everywhere these groups establish themselves they cause trouble. Our concern was stopping them before they got any bigger."

About 50 or 60 officers participated in the operation, Cannon said. The arrests were made without incident.

Arrested were:

Warlocks president Lee Allen Carter, 37, a truck driver for a Zephyrhills trucking company. Carter, also known as "Mud Baby," is accused of selling stolen liquor.

Warlocks treasurer and road captain Morgan Jay Odell, 32, of Corey Road, an automobile painter. Odell is accused of being involved with Carter.

Club member Daniel Arturo Sisto, 32, of Coats Road. Sisto, also known as "Wire," was charged with armed trafficking, carrying a concealed firearm and conspiracy to deal in stolen property.

Associate Ronald Luther Allison, 60, of Chambers Road. Allison, or "Pops," was accused of selling 2 grams of cocaine for $160 and 0.6 grams of marijuana to an undercover sheriff's officer over the past several months.

Associate Crystal Lynn Powell, 21, who lives with Sisto. Powell, a topless dancer at a club in Tampa, was charged with dealing in stolen property.

The four men were being held Saturday at the Central Pasco Detention Center in Land O'Lakes. Powell was transferred to the Hillsborough County Jail in Tampa.