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Three children are in state custody and their 14-year-old brother was among those arrested in a methamphetamine bust in Polk County, the Sheriff’s Office said Wednesday.

Deputies and drug agents Tuesday found 4.5 pounds of methamphetamine in the living room of a mobile home in Eloise, south of Winter Haven, they said. The room was being used to package and process the drug, the Sheriff’s Office said.

More than 10 pounds of liquid methamphetamine also were found in the room, detectives said.

Jesusa Alvarado, 39, who officials say was hiding under a bed, was arrested. She lives at the home on 6th Street. The charges are trafficking in methamphetamine over 400 grams and conspiracy to traffic in methamphetamine.

Several women and children were found in a second mobile home on the property. The kids, ages 7, 9 and 10, were taken by the state Department of Children and Families.

Their brother was arrested on charges of possession of methamphetamine, marijuana and drug paraphernalia. The Orlando Sentinel is withholding his name because of his age.

All are Alvarado’s children, authorities said.

Also arrested was Jorge Negrete, 31, who said he was visiting from Mexico. His charges are trafficking in methamphetamine over 400 grams and conspiracy to traffic methamphetamine.

http://www.orlandosentinel.com/news/crime/os-meth-bust-polk-county-20110406,0,2427206.story

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