Posted: 10:30 p.m.
Three Wellton people are behind bars after police suspect them of dealing with dangerous drugs and stolen property all right across the street from an elementary school.
"One of the defendants was in possession of pipes, methamphetamine pipes, along with spice. And as of April, spice is considered a dangerous drug," said Sgt. David Rodriguez, public information officer with the Wellton Police Department.
Police arrested 18-year-old Victor Bravo from his home on San Jose Avenue Tuesday, a day after police served search warrants at Bravo's home and the home of the suspected dealer.
Monday's search warrant did turn up two arrests: that of 23-year-old Raul Lopez and his girlfriend 19-year-old Savanna Woodard at their home on San Jose Avenue.
"We developed information that Bravo may have been getting his drugs from Lopez," Rodriguez said.
Rodriguez believes Bravo was paying for the drugs by exchanging stolen property from a robbery last week in Wellton.
Lopez was found in possession of the stolen property, according to police.
"Pretty much everybody talks around town--just give it a day or so. And this information was gathered because he [Bravo] was trying to exchange the stolen property for drugs or money," Rodriguez said.
Monday, police put Wellton Elementary School on lockdown as a precaution during the execution of the search warrants. There was no danger to the students, police said.
One Wellton resident, who didn't want to be identified because the nature of this case deals with dangerous narcotics, said it worries him that drugs were so close to his children's school.
"Especially that house that was nearby, like 50 feet from the school. So you do worry about that. It's something that I'm happy that the police officers are doing their job," he told News 11.
Police are working on identifying two more suspects they believe are tied to this case.