Tuesday, June 26, 2012
DALLAS -- A Dallas man and woman face several felony drug charges for allegedly supplying marijuana to student dealers at Dallas High School.
Both Taylor Michael Vezos, 20, and Whitney McKibben, 19, have pleaded not guilty to unlawful manufacture and delivery of marijuana, unlawful delivery of marijuana to a minor, and a commercial drug offense for possession of a substantial quantity of drugs.
Taylor Michael Vezos
The Polk Interagency Narcotics Team (POINT) seized more than $6,000 in drug money and 232 grams of marijuana in their duplex, according to court records.
Vezos and McKibben are currently lodged in Polk County Jail on a whopping $1.5 million security. They're awaiting trial July 20.
"It's high for this kind of case," said Polk County District Attorney Stan Butterfield. "I don't believe it's the highest we've ever had; there have been other offenses with very high bail."
Polk County Circuit Court sets high bail amounts for individuals arrested for possession, manufacture or delivery of large amounts of drugs within 1,000 feet of a school. Vezos and McKibben's residence is about a block from the Dallas High campus.
The two were arrested after a POINT investigation on June 5. According to a probable cause statement, a Dallas police officer had taken a 16-year-old student into custody after finding marijuana, a grinder and other paraphernalia in his car while it was parked on campus.
The boy told officers he had brought pot to school to sell to other students. He also named Vezos as his supplier, and said he purchased half an ounce from Vezos on a weekly basis, according to the probable cause statement.
POINT served a search warrant at Vezos' residence at 1128 SE Howe St. and found marijuana, packaging material, records, bongs and baggies containing traces of Ecstasy.
McKibben struggled with officers during the arrest. When interviewed at the jail, McKibben said Vezos had been fired from his job at Safeway and that he had been selling drugs for five months.
"We smoke marijuana and sell it sometimes if people want it," she said, according to the probable cause statement.
While POINT detectives were searching the residence, five people walked up to the home, some flashing hand signals in an attempt to buy marijuana, according to the probable cause statement.