COPY-Officials: Probe of deputy's killer led to 20 other arrests

Associated Press - June 14, 2007 6:34 PM ET

LAKELAND, Fla. (AP) - Authorities say an investigation into the man who fatally shot a Polk County sheriff's deputy and wounded another last fall has produced 20 arrests and led to the demise of street-level crime rings in Hernando and Orange counties.

Angilo Freeland was fatally shot by officers the day after he killed Deputy Matt Williams and his police dog on September 28th. Officials say Freeland was a drug dealer and notorious enforcer with ties to crime rings and as many as 15 other deaths.

Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd says investigators developed the information that led to the arrests though Freeland's cell phone and personal effects after he was killed, said Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd.

The suspects are accused of selling crack and powder cocaine, ecstasy pills and marijuana, and possessing numerous weapons and body armor.

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