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Javier Aguilar, seen here in his mugshot from the Florida Department of Corrections after a four year prison term, is back in trouble with the law.
LAKELAND — The charges when law enforcement first targeted Javier Aguilar included second degree murder and possession of a weapon by a convicted felon. He was on the run, law enforcement said, from Manatee County, hiding out in Lakeland.
But his time spent in Polk County has brought a sea of new charges to a man who was released from a state prison last year.
After law enforcement agents descended on his home and he tried to flee the scene, getting shot and wounded as he did, the number of charges he now faces have only climbed significantly higher.
Today, Polk County Sheriff’s deputies filed eight additional charges against Aguilar, 23, formerly of 1906 8th Ave. E. in Bradenton, but more recently of a rented home at 7701 Habersham Drive in Lakeland.
The final confrontation with law enforcement happened on Tuesday, Oct. 2, when deputies, officers, and agents assigned to the U.S. Marshals Service Florida Regional Fugitive Task Force’s Tampa Office found that Aguilar living in Lakeland, hiding from a Manatee County warrant for his arrest on the second degree murder and possession of a weapon charges.
When task force agents went to the Habersham Drive home, Aguilar fled and was shot. He was taken to Lakeland Regional Medical Center to be treated for non-life-threatening injuries, then released from the hospital and booked into the South County Jail in Frostproof, where he’s now being held without bond.
“He now has a total of 22 charges in the Polk County Jail, five related to his out-of-county warrant, and 17 by Polk County Sheriff’s Office,” noted Carrie Eleazer, public information officer for the sheriff’s office.
Several counts are of aggravated battery or assault on a law enforcement officer and resisting arrest, “which are related to his actions against law enforcement officers that occurred when members of the U.S. Marshals Service task force responded to Aguilar’s rental home,” Eleazer said.
His girlfriend, 18-year-old Reyna Quintanar, who was staying at the Lakeland house with Aguilar, also got charged.
“These two suspects are very dangerous criminals, and residents can sleep peacefully in their homes tonight knowing they are safely in custody,” Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd said. “While they were fugitives from the law, they were selling illegal narcotics out of a house in Lakeland.”
After Aguilar was taken into custody, undercover detectives assigned to the High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area task force served a search warrant at the home that Aguilar and Quintinar were renting.
A search of the red Nissan Maxima parked in the driveway uncovered an AR-15 (.223) rifle, which detectives say was confirmed to have been stolen from Manatee County last November; a box of ammunition; and a scale with cocaine residue on it.
The home turned up even more evidence, detectives say, including numerous weapons such as a loaded .22 caliber handgun, a loaded .380 Mac 10 handgun, a BB gun, ammunition, and a .40 caliber Smith and Wesson handgun with the serial number removed from it.
The task force agents also uncovered drugs, the arrest report notes, including a bag containing approximately 456 grams (one pound) of powder cocaine with a street value of $15,000; two additional bags with one ounce each of powder cocaine; and a bag containing five prepackaged smaller bags of Oxycodone.
“Each bag contained one hundred Oxycodone tablets,” Eleazer noted. “Also inside the bag was a pill bottle that contained 27 additional dosage units of Oxycodone.”
A total of 527 tablets were seized, with a street value of $10,500.
Detectives also found two Xanax pills and a scale with methamphetamine residue on it.
Because of what was found in the home, detectives in Polk County filed additional charges against Aguilar that include armed trafficking of cocaine over 200 grams, armed trafficking of Oxycodone over 20 grams, possession of Alprazolam (Xanax), Methamphetamine, drug paraphernalia, and a firearm with an altered serial number, maintaining a residence for the purpose of trafficking drugs, grand theft of a firearm, and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.
Quintanar was charged by Polk County with armed trafficking of cocaine over 200 grams, armed trafficking of Oxycodone over 20 grams, possession of Alprazolam (Xanax), Methamphetamine, drug paraphernalia, a firearm with an altered serial number, maintaining a residence for the purpose of trafficking drugs, and grand theft of a firearm.
Aguilar had previously served time in prison, at the Hardee Correctional Institute, from Sept. 17, 2008 until Aug. 6, 2011, on a four-year sentence for trafficking cocaine and fleeing law enforcement.
Judd said this arrest shows that dangerous fugitives can’t expect to find a safe place to hide in Polk County.
“They had several different weapons at their disposal, and given Aguilar’s past history, he wasn’t afraid to use them,” Judd said. “These two suspects will hopefully remain behind bars for a very, very long time.”

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