VCSO: Seizure of 4-pounds of pot leads to three arrests near Ormond Beach

Alex Strembel charged in Ormond drug bust / Headline Surfer®Dylan Strembel charged in Ormond drug bust / Headline Surfer®Melenaie Belisle charged in Ormond druf bust / Headline Surfer®Photos for Headline Surfer® / Three young people, brothers Alex and Dylan Strembel, 24 and 20, and Melanie Belisle, 21, were all charged in connection with a marijuana bust.

ORMOND BEACH -- Undercover narcotics agents arrested two brothers and a woman Tuesday afternoon at a home near Ormond Beach after a search warrant revealed four pounds of marijuana in the kitchen, the Volusia County Sheriff's Office said, adding the drugs had been delivered by an unknown person earlier that day.

Agents with the Volusia Bureau of Investigations and the Sheriff's SWAT team entered 7 Charleston Square at about 2 p.m. That's were the marijuana was discovered and seized, leading first to the arrest of Alex Strembel, 24, whom agents described in their report as the person who accepted the marijuana delivery and discussed with the unknown man the pricing and quality of the narcotics, Sheriff's spokesman Brandon Haught confirmed.

His younger brother, 20-year-old Dylan Strembel, and Melanie Belisle, 21, were charged with possession of marijuana over 20 grams and booked into the Volusia County Branch Jail in Daytona Beach on $1,500 bond each. Alex Strembel was charged with the same thing in addition to possession of marijuana with intent to distribute, maintaining a structure for narcotics sales, unlawful use of a two-way communication device and possession of drug paraphernalia. He was booked into the Branch Jail on binds totaling $40,500.

Fast Facts: Volusia Bureau of Investigations

VBI is a multi-agency task force that pools resources from 10 local, state and federal law enforcement agencies in order to target mid- and upper-level narcotics traffickers as well as racketeering and organized crime. Participating agencies include the Volusia County Sheriff’s Office, Florida Department of Law Enforcement, the Attorney’s General’s Office of Statewide Prosecution, Daytona Beach Police Department, Daytona Beach Shores Department of Public Safety, DeLand Police Department, Edgewater Police Department, New Smyrna Beach Police Department, Homeland Security Investigations and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. VBI also is part of the Central Florida High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area, or HIDTA, which is a multi-agency task force established by the U.S. Office of National Drug Control Policy to combat drug trafficking along the seven-county area hugging Central Florida’s I-4 corridor.
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