BONIFAY - A month-long undercover operation by investigators with the Holmes County Sheriff's Office resulted in the arrest of ten suspects and the seizure of several ounces of methamphetamine Friday.
"Over the past several months, we have received information about illegal drug activity going on at one of our local motels in Bonifay," said Holmes County Sheriff John Tate. "We received complaints that drugs were being sold out of several rooms."
Dubbed "Operation: Room Service," an undercover drug investigation was launched, with investigators making several controlled sales and purchases from two of the motel rooms at the Economy Lodge, located on State Road 90 in the City of Bonifay.
Investigators also executed two search warrants in two separate rooms, where they seized what reports called a "considerable amount" of methamphetamine package for sale. Investigators identified a third room suspected to be used by dealers for drug transactions, and a search of that room resulted in the seizure of more methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia.
The investigation also led investigators to a residence located at 602 West Kansas Avenue, where "trafficking amounts" of methamphetamine was located.
In all, investigators seized several ounces of methamphetamine, about a half ounce of marijuana, more than $1,000 in cash, a 1999 Lexus sedan, several prescription pills, including Xanax, a fake firearm carried by one of the would-be methamphetamine buyers, and assorted drug paraphernalia, including syringes, scales, glass pipes, and spoons containing suspected methamphetamine residue.
"We will continue to aggressively pursue illegal drug dealers and users in Holmes County," said Sheriff Tate. "We also hope that those needing help overcoming addiction will take advantage of rehabilitation programs made available to them through the criminal justice process and the judicial system." Sheriff Tate also expressed his appreciation to the Holmes County State Attorney's Office for their assistance.
The street value of the seized narcotics totals more than $3,000.
Arrested and charged were: Mark Lucious of Marianna, Michael Gainey, Shonda Butler-Beaver, Grady Taylor AKA "Shady Grady," Harold Rodriquez, Brittany Meyers, Juan Martinez, Jeffrey Golob, Lori Pierce, Dustin Bruner, all of Bonifay.
The investigation is still ongoing, and more arrests are anticipated.