Drugs, golf cart parts found during bust in The Villages

5 people arrested on multiple charges

By Adrienne Cutway - Web Editor
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Kathleen Unrath, Kenneth Ray Padgett, Michael Edward Witkowski, William Anthony Wade Romska and Charlotte L. Gajewsky.

THE VILLAGES, Fla. - Five people were arrested Wednesday morning after drugs, paraphernalia and golf cart parts were found while deputies executed a narcotic-related search warrant in The Villages, the Sumter County Sheriff's Office said.

Neighbors complained to deputies about suspicious activity, including possible drug use and golf cart theft, going on at a home at 1902 Antonia Place. 

The Sumter County Sheriff's Office Criminal Investigation Division and the Sumter County Sheriff's Office SWAT Team executed a search warrant at 6:21 a.m. Wednesday. 

Detectives seized less than 1 gram of methamphetamine and less than 20 grams of marijuana, according to a news release. Windshields, seat cushions, wheels and tires, along with other golf cart parts, were also found in the garage and attic of the home.

Deputies said they have been unable to connect the evidence from the home to recent golf cart thefts in the area. Only one item they checked had been reported stolen out of Georgia.

Five people were arrested at the home: Kenneth Ray Padgett, 53; Charlotte L. Gajewsky, 45; William Anthony Wade Romska, 38; Kathleen Unrath, 43; and Michael Edward Witkowski, 63.

Their charges include sale of methamphetamine, possession of methamphetamine with intent to sell, unlawful use of a two-way communication device, keeping or maintaining a drug shop, possession of weapon/ammo by a convicted felon, possession of heroin and possession of paraphernalia.

 

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