Hillsborough County
David Gee, Sheriff
Tampa, FL
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    Release Number: 12-100

    • For Immediate Release:
    • Public Information Office of Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office
    • March 16, 2012
    • Contact Person:
    • Debbie Carter : dcarter@hcso.tampa.fl.us
    • 813/247-8059

    Search Warrant Yields Multiple Charges

    A generator used to manufacture methamphetamine was located in the backyard.
    • Wednesday
    • March 14, 2012
    • Time: 5:39 PM
    • 4301 Sherwick Drive
    • Tampa, FL

    Suspect:


    Katie Tucker West
    DOB: 1/08/61
    4301 Sherwick Drive
    Tampa, FL

    Charges:

    • Delivery of a Controlled Substance
    • Possession of Controlled Substance (4 Counts)
    • Trafficking in Illegal Drugs (3 Counts)
    • Manufacture of a Controlled Substance
    • Possession of Listed Chemical w/Intent
    • Keeping Public Nuisance Structure For Drug Manufacture
    • Possession of Drug Without Prescription
    • Possession of Drug Paraphernalia
    • Possession of Marijuana

    Suspect:


    Mitchell Melvin Merrell
    DOB: 8/24/81
    4301 Sherwick Drive
    Tampa, FL

    Charges:

    • Felon in Possession of a Firearm

    Details:

    On March 14, 2012, at approximately 5:39 p.m. a court authorized search warrant was executed at the residence of 4301 Sherwick Drive. Deputies made contact with the homeowner, Katie West. During the search a trafficking amount of oxycodone and codeine was located within the residence.

    In the defendant’s backyard, an HCL generator was located which is used to manufacture methamphetamine. A glass pipe with methamphetamine residue and a glass pipe with marijuana residue were located within the bedroom of the West. West was found to be in possession of Xanax tablets not prescribed to her. She was also found to be in possession of Gabapentin without a prescription.

    Mitchell Merrell was located within the residence and was found to be in Possession of a Firearm.
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