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Five facing drug charges

Police say bust one of largest ever in Toronto

May 1, 2012
By MARK J. MILLER - Staff writer ( , The Herald-Star

TORONTO - Five individuals are in the Jefferson Count jail today facing multiple drug charges after what police are calling one of the largest drug busts in Toronto at two separate apartments in an apartment complex Monday evening.

Those charged include Carrie Thomas, 24, Apartment 40, 901 Bank St., Toronto, who was charged with two counts of child endangerment and one count permitting drug abuse; and Kyle Ellison, 27, 715 N. Third St., Toronto, who faces two counts of child endangerment.

Three individuals arrested Monday at Apartment 55, 901 Bank St., also are facing multiple counts of drug trafficking and child endangerment after controlled buys were made at the residence. They were expected to be charged today, and police aren't yet releasing their names, according to City Police Chief Randy Henry.

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CACHE OF CASH, DRUGS, WEAPONS? — Patrolman Tony Porreca, left, and Capt. Rick Parker of the Toronto Police stand next to a cache of cash, drugs and weapons seized during a drug bust Monday evening at a Toronto housing complex. Five individuals at two separate residences were arrested in connection with drugs during a sweep by Toronto Police, the Jefferson County Drug Task Force and the Jefferson County sheriff. - Contributed

"We executed a search warrant at Apartment 55 Monday evening," said Henry, adding the raid at the Whispering Hills apartment complex was conducted by City Police, the Jefferson County Drug Task Force and the Jefferson County Sheriff's Department.

During a search of Apartment 55, police discovered a large amount of crack cocaine, 5 pounds of marijuana and three loaded weapons, said Henry.

"This is one of the biggest (drug-related) arrests we've ever had here," Henry said. "We also seized a large amount of cash and a vehicle that was used for transportation of drugs. There were also drug transactions in the presence of minor children. Jefferson County (Department of Job and Family Services) Children Services came and processed the children."

Henry said those at Apartment 55 kept their alleged drug-dealing low profile, only selling at nights.

"All the (controlled) buys were going out the back door," said Henry.

"We knew from our investigation that a large amount of crack cocaine was being distributed from the apartment," said Capt. Rick Parker of the Toronto Police. "The drug problem is getting worse, and now we have people coming in from outside the area and setting up for business.

"To get this type of result it takes a combined effort from law enforcement," Parker continued. "We work very closely with the Jefferson County Drug Task Force and the Jefferson County sheriff. We have said it time and time again - if you come to our city and sell drugs it's not a matter of if you will get caught, it's a matter of when. We will continue to give our taxpayers the best drug enforcement possible."

The chief also thanked Jefferson County Sheriff Fred Abdalla and the drug task force for assisting in the investigation, which is ongoing.

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