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Date of Issue: October 12, 2006

Two nailed in Cortez crack raids

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Two men have been arrested at two suspected "crack houses" in Cortez and charged with possession of drugs and/or paraphernalia by deputies from the Manatee County Sheriff's Office.

The officers moved in about midday last Thursday in Cortez proper "in response to numerous complaints of the good citizens of Cortez," said Sgt. Robert Mealy of the Special Investigations Division.

Cortezians had been complaining for some time about suspicious activities at various and changing locations there, but a frustrated Sheriff Charlie Wells pointed out he couldn't act without "a case I can take to court." His officers feel sure they have such cases now.

The deputies hit two houses, 12116 45th Ave. W. and 4408 123rd St. Ct. W.

Arrested were John Robin Kight, 51, on an outstanding warrant and also charged with possession of drug paraphernalia, and Steven Fine, 50, charged with possession of cocaine and possession of paraphernalia.

Both were taken to the Manatee County jail without incident, the officers noted.

Mike Quinn, publisher of newsmanatee.com contributed to this story.