Two men jailed on grow house charges

On May 13, 2016, Hendry County Sheriff’s Office obtained a narcotics search warrant for a home on Everhigh Acres Road in Clewiston. On May 16, 2016, after conducting surveillance on the home HCSO Investigators made contact with two Hispanic males occupying the home. The two males were identified as 54-year-old Cildo Chavez and 29-year-old Rafael […]

48 arrested in cockfighting raid

Nearly 50 people from several counties across South Florida were arrested the day after Christmas when authorities raided a cockfighting operation in Montura, the Hendry County Sheriff’s Office reports. At approximately 5 p.m. on Dec. 26, the Hendry County Sheriff’s Office served a search warrant at the address of 435 S. Utopia, Clewiston, in the Montura […]

Local man accused of buying and selling $60,000 worth of food stamps

After a lengthy investigation, Hendry County investigators report they have arrested 53-year-old Eugene “Tracy” Martinez, of Moore Haven, on charges of fraud and theft. The arrest took place on Nov. 16. The six-month investigation reportedly revealed that Martinez utilized and trafficked 47 different EBT food stamp cards over a period of one year, according to […]

HCSO opens office parking lots to Internet sales transactions

With all the recent safety concerns of meeting someone who is buying or selling items that are advertised online, Hendry County Sheriff Steve Whidden has identified Hendry County Sheriff’s Office as an Internet Sales Transaction Site. People looking for a secure place to complete transactions arranged online are being urged to use the parking lots […]