CHIPLEY — Washington County Sheriff’s Office put a Chipley man back behind bars after he was arrested in April on unrelated drug charges as part of a large round up of suspected drug dealers.

Johnathan “Red” Everett, 32, of Nearing Hills Circle, was arrested and charged for the sale of methamphetamine during the investigation and posted a $20,000 bond days later. Authorities again encountered Everett June 1 at 2:30 in the morning when a deputy conducted a traffic stop on Kirkland Road after noticing faulty equipment on a utility trailer being pulled behind a red Chevrolet truck.

The deputy immediately became concerned the driver, who turned out to be Everett, may be operating the vehicle under the influence. Everett mumbled unidentifiable words while avoiding eye contact and had uncoordinated movements while attempting to provide his identification and registration of the vehicle.

Everett hesitated at first when the deputy asked him to step out of the vehicle, but complied and attempted to secured the vehicle by rolling the window up and repeatedly locking the doors.

Due to Everett’s suspicious behaviors and refusal to consent to a search, the deputy and a Washington County K-9 unit initiated a perimeter search of the vehicle, which resulted in the K-9 alerting to the presence of narcotics.

Everett repeatedly refused to unlock his vehicle, only complying with the deputies’ requests after being placed under arrest for obstruction without violence, for hindering an investigation. A homemade pouch containing a glass pipe with a crystallized substance that appeared to be methamphetamine was located under the dashboard during a search of the inside of the vehicle.

When questioned, Everett simply responded to the findings with, “I forgot that was even there.”

Everett was transported to Washington County Jail and booked on the charges of obstruction without violence, possession of methamphetamine and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Judge Colby Peel ordered a revocation of release on Everett’s previous charge. He is now being held without bond.

“We are absolutely unwavering in remaining diligent in the eradication of drugs from Washington County,” said Sheriff Kevin Crews. “I have to thank our judges, as well as our Assistant State Attorney, Shalla Jefcoat, for assisting our office in every way possible. We are all working hard to ensure that we achieve this goal.”

Sheriff Crews urges anyone with knowledge of crimes being committed to contact the Washington County Sheriff’s Office at 850-638-6111. Tips may be reported anonymously by calling 850-638-TIPS (8477) or by email at tips@wcso.us.