Report: Misty Croslin’s parents arrested in drug sting

July 27th, 2010 by Staff

Source: Ocala.com — Another round of drug cases with ties to missing Haleigh Cummings, the 5-year-old who was reported missing from her father’s Satsuma home in February 2009, is now working its way through the Putnam County court system.

On Friday night, Palatka police arrested Lisa Carmen Croslin, 40, and Hank Thomas Croslin Sr., 41, on charges of purchasing cocaine, tampering with evidence and violating their probation in earlier cases. The Croslins’ daughter, Misty Croslin, was watching Haleigh the night the little girl disappeared.

According to Assistant Police Chief James Griffith, the Croslins were arrested Friday night during an undercover crack cocaine operation at a home at 809 Bronson St. in Palatka.

“They came up and bought drugs,” Griffith said. “(Lisa) was driving and (Hank Sr.) was the passenger. He went inside and bought $20 worth of cocaine.”

According to Griffith, the two were allowed to drive away and appeared to throw the cocaine out the window when they noticed police were trying to pull them over.

Both of the Croslins already were on felony probation, Lisa in connection with a forgery case, and Hank Sr. in connection with a case of shopping for doctors to get prescription drugs. They were being held Monday at the Putnam County jail. They were both denied bond on the violation of probation charges.

Previous undercover drug operations in Putnam and St. Johns counties have resulted in drug charges being filed against Haleigh’s father, Ronald Cummings, 26; his ex-wife, Misty Croslin, 19; his cousin Hope Sykes, 19; Misty’s brother, Hank “Tommy” Croslin Jr., 23; and Misty’s friend Donna Brock, 44. They were all arrested and accused of selling prescription drugs.

Ronald Cummings tentatively reached a plea agreement with the state on drug-trafficking charges earlier this month and likely will be sentenced to 15 years in prison when he is sentenced in late August.

In April, Sykes pleaded no contest to a count of trafficking prescription narcotics and was sentenced to 15 years in prison, the mandatory minimum sentence.

Tommy Croslin also pleaded no contest and will be sentenced Aug. 6.


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