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December 17, 2005
Brandon Haught
Public Information Office


The Volusia County Eastside Drug Task Force had a busy day Friday as teamwork resulted in the arrest of two people for trafficking 65 pounds of marijuana along State Road 40, and a three-month investigation culminated in a separate raid of a South Daytona apartment where two people were arrested for having and selling marijuana. 

A joint investigation by the Eastside Narcotics Task Force and the Flagler County Narcotics unit revealed that a large amount of marijuana was going to be brought into Volusia County along SR 40. Once a possible vehicle and suspect descriptions were established, investigators conducted surveillance and spotted the target car at about 4 p.m. on SR 40 near Breakaway Trails, approximately two miles west of I-95. They alerted a Sheriff’s Office patrol unit who conducted a traffic stop for an illegal window tint violation. Ormond Beach Police Department officer Lisa Rosenthal then had her drug dog do a perimeter check of the car and determined that drugs were present. Found in the trunk was approximately 65 pounds of marijuana packaged in various weights, wrapped in such a way as to attempt to disguise the odor, obviously without success. 

The driver and owner of the car, 40-year-old Laurie Thurston from Palm Coast, was arrested for trafficking in marijuana. The passenger, 26-year-old Angel Fonseca from Holly Hill, was also arrested for trafficking in marijuana as well as an open warrant for violation of probation. 

Earlier in the day, narcotics investigators wrapped up a three-month investigation by raiding 1910 Palmetto Ave., apartment 212, South Daytona. A warrant had been obtained for Dennis Sechler for the sale of marijuana, along with a search warrant for his apartment. Once Sheriff’s Office SWAT and investigators entered the apartment at about 6 a.m., they discovered approximately two and a half pounds of marijuana, several vials of suspected steroids, trace amounts of cocaine, a scale, baggies and other items commonly used to package narcotics for sale. 

Sechler, 25, was charged with possession of marijuana under twenty grams, possession of a schedule II narcotic (steroid), and possession of drug paraphernalia. Also present in the apartment was 24-year-old James Amedeo. He was charged with possession of marijuana with intent to distribute, possession of steroids, possession of cocaine and possession of drug paraphernalia. 

The East Volusia Narcotics Task Force is a multi-agency force of investigators from the Volusia County Sheriff’s Office, Ormond Beach Police Department and New Smyrna Beach Police Department that shares resources and crosses jurisdictional boundaries to combat street-level drug and vice crimes. 

Residents of east Volusia who have information about possible drug activity are encouraged to contact the East Volusia Narcotics Task Forces at 386-274-0185. Those on the west side of the count can call the West Volusia Narcotics Task Force at 386-775-5274. 

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