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5 arrests made in meth sting

Officials say the arrests could mean that drug labs are moving into the west side of the county.

By REBECCA CATALANELLO
Published May 28, 2005


NEW PORT RICHEY - Pasco sheriff's deputies made five arrests in a methamphetamine sting Thursday, reinforcing what investigators think is a troubling trend.

"Our meth lab problem seems to be transcending from the east side of the county, which is historically where we have seen most of our meth labs, to the west side of the county," Lt. Robert J. Sullivan said Friday during a news conference.

Methamphetamine labs tend to be more common in rural areas, where houses are farther apart and the smells that emanate from burning chemicals are not easily detected by neighbors, he said.

But Thursday's bust involved four west Pasco addresses: three residences and one storage facility. Deputies seized a meth lab at the EZ Mini Storage, unit C-16 in Hudson, and another at 10524 Pinto Drive. They also seized a cache of weapons at 6707 Cornelian St., including an a .45-caliber handgun, a hand grenade, two shotguns and an automatic rifle.

Those arrested were:

Charles Roy Ennis, 33, of 6620 Sutherland Ave. in New Port Richey and Melissa Forgey-Cork, 28, of 8602 Hunting Saddle in Hudson. Ennis is being held at the Pasco County jail on three charges, including possession of methamphetamine. Forgey-Cork is charged with possession and sale of methamphetamine.

Brenda Kay Townsend, 33, of 6707 Cornelian St. in New Port Richey. Townsend faces eight charges, including possession of cocaine, methamphetamine, marijuana and ecstasy.

Tamara Patricia Sykes, 44, and Shawn Kelleher, 35, both of 10524 Pinto Drive in Hudson. Kelleher posted $5,000 bond Friday evening after being charged with possession of methamphetamine. Sykes was being held on a warrant on a petty theft charge. The other individuals remained in jail as of Friday evening.

Last July, Kelleher's brother, Daniel Kelleher, was among the arrests in so-called Operation Bahama Breeze, a bust involving what law enforcement officials called the county's biggest drug ring.

Staff writer Steve Thompson contributed to this report.

[Last modified May 28, 2005, 00:09:12]


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