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Task force arrests six in Volusia Friday on money laundering charges

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Six Volusia County residents were arrested Friday on money laundering charges as part of an investigation by Volusia Bureau of Investigation agents. The arrests were part of an operation aimed at “…an organization that dealt in large quantities of cocaine and marijuana…” according to a press release. Volusia County Sheriff’s Office spokesperson Gary Davidson says money from drug sales was given to associates of the drug dealing ring, reputed to be run by Fred Hanson. The associates would then write checks to Hanson’s painting company to “…make it appear as if it had come from legitimate business dealings.”

The six arrested Friday included:

  • 44-year old Justin Bunn of Daytona Beach,
  • 38-year old Bradly Graham of Port Orange,
  • 29-year old Justin Kirby of Port Orange,
  • 32-year old Jay Knouse of Holly Hill,
  • 41-year old Norma Payne of Daytona Beach Shores,
  • 39-year old Michael Whitten of Port Orange.

Each of the six were charged with one count of money laundering and transported to the Volusia County Branch Jail in Daytona Beach. The Sheriff’s Office says Payne was also charged with possession of a controlled substance, and Graham was also charged with felony possession of marijuana, possession of a stolen firearm and possession of drug paraphernalia.

The Volusia Bureau of Investigation is a multi-agency task force of local, state and federal law-enforcement agencies that targets “…mid- and upper-level narcotics traffickers as well as racketeering and organized crime.” Local agencies in the VBI include the Volusia County Sheriff’s Office, the Daytona Beach Police Department, Daytona Beach Shores Department of Public Safety, the DeLand Police Department, the Edgewater Police Department and the New Smyrna Beach Police Department.

Click here to visit the Volusia County Sheriff’s Office website.

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