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Family members arrested in Bradford County drug bust

Bradford County Sheriff's Office arrest 5 people from same family

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LAWTEY, Fla. – The Bradford County Sheriff's Office with assistance from the Starke and Lawtey police departments served three search warrants at three separate houses in the Lawtey area Saturday morning.

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The net results from all three search warrants were five family members arrested, more than $600 in cash, trafficking amounts of morphine and Oxycodone, crack cocaine and a quarter pound of marijuana packaged for sale.

Arrested were Veronica Wilkinson, 32, Charles Lee, 51, Travis Lee, 34, Ernest Williams, 52, and Philip Lee, 49.

The Sheriff's Office said the Drug Unit's investigation happened over the last several months because of numerous calls from the community regarding drug dealing.

All five people arrested are related and have been suspected of dealing in the drug trade for many years.

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Police believe the group is believed to be a major part of the drug trafficking from Jacksonville into the Bradford County area.

Sheriff Gordon Smith was present during the early morning raids.

"The cooperation with the Starke and Lawtey police departments was appreciated and shows the coordinated efforts with Bradford County law enforcement to combat drugs in our community," said Smith.