CHIPLEY - A domestic disturbance complaint led to the arrest of a Graceville Correctional Facility employee Thursday.

The Washington County Sheriff’s Office reports that officers responded to the call around 5:30 Thursday evening.

The Chipley Police Department located and stopped the suspect, identified as Steven Shelley, 37, of Chipley, traveling in a black Ford pickup truck on Cope Road, just north of Old Bonifay Road.

Based on information provided to law enforcement, a K-9 unit was deployed, and a perimeter search of the subject’s vehicle was conducted, resulting in positive indicators for the odor of a narcotic. 

A search of the inside of the vehicle revealed 104 grams of a synthetic narcotic, a bottle of testosterone, and syringes.

Shelley, who is employed as a vocational instructor at Graceville Correctional Facility, was arrested and transported to the Washington County Jail for the charges of possession of a synthetic narcotic with intent to sell, possession of steroids with intent to sell, and possession of drug paraphernalia.

A field test was conducted on the synthetic narcotic which provided a positive result for synthetic marijuana.

Washington County Sheriff Kevin Crews asks that anyone with knowledge of crimes being committed contact the Washington County Sheriff’s Office at 850-638-6111. Tips may also be reported anonymously by calling 850-638-TIPS (8477) or by emailing:

tips@wcso.us.