• 2 accused of trying to purchase 700 pounds of pot with $405K


    LAKE COUNTY, Fla. - Deputies with the Lake County Sheriff's Office arrested two people they said tried to purchase 700 pounds of marijuana with $405,000 in cash.

    The Sheriff's Office conducted a controlled delivery of the pit to 63-year-old Clarence Brantley and 45-year-old Tracey Roddy.

    The two traveled from Georgia to Lake County with the money, Sheriff's Office officials said.

    Investigators say when the suspects showed up to what they thought was going to be a huge drug deal, they were carrying several duffel bags full of cash.

    The amount of marijuana could sell on the streets for around $700,000, and deputies said the suspects thought they were getting the deal of the century.

    Detectives said they took the suspects into custody in the Leesburg area with help from the Drug Enforcement Administration.

    Detectives seized the cash and their truck, according to a release.

    The suspects were booked into the Lake County Detention Center on drug trafficking charges, investigators said. Both are being held on $500,000 bond.

    The investigation is ongoing.

    Lake County residents were thrilled to hear about the bust.

    "I'm glad they got caught," Yesenia Ramos said.

    "Can you imagine the drugs that have been sold to get to that point? They were going to recycle that. But now it's stopped, it can't go anywhere now, it's over with," said a Lake County resident who didn't want to be identified.

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