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January 16, 2002

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Two individuals have been arrested after agents of the Okaloosa County Multi-Agency Drug Task Force seized 13 pounds of marijuana in a residence in the Wright area last evening (Tuesday evening).

Charged with Possession of Marijuana with Intent to Distribute are Thomas James Cottrell, age 40 (2-23-61); and his girlfriend, Sheri Lynn Hunt, age 32 (9-23-69). Cottrell, in addition, also faces charges of Possession of Paraphernalia, and Sale of Marijuana within 1,000 feet of a Child Care Facility.

Agents of the Drug Task Force served a search warrant at the 510 Union Street, Lot # 7 residence shared by Cottrell and Hunt last evening (Tuesday evening), finding approximately 13 pounds of Marijuana. The investigation that developed Probable Cause for the search warrant included an undercover purchase of marijuana from Cottrell at that address, which is within 1,000 feet of a day care facility.

Last night's arrest was the third in 27 months for Cottrell on marijuana charges.

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for more information contact Rick Hord, Public Information Officer

(850) 651-7420

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