Tampa wastewater employee is accused of selling cocaine

By Times Staff Writer
Published December 5, 2007

TAMPA - A city wastewater employee was arrested after he delivered cocaine to an undercover officer, police said.

Tomenual Lathelton Banks, 37, of 5109 N 20th St. was arrested on Monday. Officers charged him with trafficking in cocaine, possession of cocaine and possession of cocaine with intent to sell.

He remained at the Orient Road Jail Tuesday. A judge set his bail at $49,500.

An arrest report said Banks delivered 1.4 ouncesof cocaine to an undercover Tampa police officer for $1,300. Banks agreed to a search of his home, police said they found another 0.7 ounces of cocaine, a digital scale, cutting agents and plastic bags, which are consistent with narcotics distribution.

Jail records list Banks, also known as "Spunky," as a planner/scheduler with the city of Tampa. Wastewater director Ralph Metcalf, Banks' supervisor, described him as a "good employee" and said the arrest came as a surprise. Banks has worked with the department since 1995.

Metcalf said that Banks' wife called Tuesday morning to say Banks wouldn't be in to work because he was sick. Banks is wearing a city of Tampa Wastewater Department polo shirt in his jail mug.