Sting affects locals

Published 3:14 am Wednesday, February 6, 2008

By By Lisa Tindell – news editor
Three Brewton men remain in the Santa Rosa County, Fla., jail after being taken into custody on charges of using false documents to obtain employment.
Alfonso P. Gomez, Jaime H. Colorado and Rey D. Alarcon were arrested Monday at Panhandle Growers on South Ridge Road in the Allentown community.
The three Hispanic males were part of a group of 13 men who were found to be in the United States illegally, Santa Rosa County Sheriff's media relations officer Scott Haines said.
Gomez, 49, and Colorado, 46, both listed their address as being in the 300 block of Ballard Street in Brewton. Alarcon, 30, listed an address in the 200 block of Dauphin Street as his place of residence.
The arrests came when a special task force assembled by Sheriff Wendell Hall launched an operation to help curb the issue of undocumented workers in Santa Rosa County, Fla., Haines said.
Officers, along with the business owners, checked the records that revealed numerous suspected undocumented workers at the business. Those in question had provided fraudulent social security cards in order to gain employment, Haines said.
The Brewton trio, along with others charged in the arrests, is being held at the Santa Rosa County jail with no bond being set.
No wrongdoing by owners at Panhandle Growers was discovered in the business check. Santa Rosa Sheriff's officials are considering the business a victim and will not cite them, Haines said.

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