Woman arrested, ‘armed and dangerous’ man free after taking drugs, cash seized from motel room in Lake Wales
LAKE WALES, Florida. – A woman is facing charges and an ‘armed and dangerous’ man is on the run after police found illegal drugs in a Lake Wales motel room while searching for a wanted man.
According to the Lake Wales Police Department, an officer noticed a vehicle matching one usually driven by Carlos Williams, who is wanted for multiple violent crimes, parked at the Prince of Wales Motel outside room number five.
The 24-year-old is wanted on charges of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and domestic violence charges.
According to LWPD, the officer spoke with Shanell Mickel, 43, who was staying in room number five. When asked if Williams was in the room, Mickel said he was there earlier, but not at the moment.
According to LWPD, Mickell allowed officers into the motel room and inside, an officer said he noticed cocaine on the dresser and bedside table along with Xanax but did not see Williams inside. interior.
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It was then that police said Schulze had asked detectives from the Lake Wales Police Department to respond and obtain a search warrant for the room.
Officers found illegal drugs and over $4,000 in cash in the motel room. Photos courtesy of Lake Wales Police Service.
With a search warrant in hand, police say they found illegal drugs and illegal prescription drugs inside the motel room. Officers and detectives found 171.6 grams of cocaine, 193 Xanax tablets weighing 72.6 grams and 24 hydrocodone tablets weighing 17.7 grams. A scale containing cocaine residue, sachets and other miscellaneous paraphernalia was also inside. Police also seized a total of $4,064.00 in cash.
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Mickel was charged with possession of Alprazolam with intent to sell, trafficking in cocaine over 28 grams, trafficking in Oxycodone over 14 grams and maintaining a structure/conveyance for drug-related purposes.
Shanell Mickel is facing charges after drugs and cash were seized from a Lake Wales motel room. Photos courtesy of Lake Wales Police Service.
Mickel’s arrest history includes possession of cocaine, resisting arrest, false ID at LEO and other drug charges, according to LWPD.
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Williams remains at large and is considered armed and dangerous.
Carlos Williams has an active warrant for his arrest. Photos courtesy of Lake Wales Police Service.
His arrest history includes armed robbery with a firearm, drug charges, domestic battery and possession of a concealed firearm.
Police are asking anyone with information to contact Detective Sarah Sittnick or Constable Terry Schulze at 863-678-4223. To remain anonymous and be eligible for a cash reward, call 1-800-226-8477.