EBRO – Two men have been arrested in the Ebro on unrelated drug charges over the last few days while on patrol in the area.

A Washington County Sheriff’s Office (WCSO) deputy encountered a truck parked on the side of Casey Road in the early afternoon of July 24. Observing two men standing outside of the vehicle, the deputy stopped to check on the subjects. As he approached the area, the subjects began to get back into the vehicle while exhibiting suspicious and concerning behavior.

The subjects consented to a search of the vehicle, at which time the deputy located several hydrocodone pills in one of the subjects front pants pocket.

John David Dykes, 53, of Freeport, was arrested and charged with possession of a controlled substance without a prescription.

The following morning, just after midnight a WCSO deputy observed a silver 2008 Toyota truck parked in the St. Joseph Local Community Park.

The driver, David Crouch, 37, of Chipley, stated that he stopped there while texting a friend.

During the time that the deputy was verifying the driver’s identification, the WCSO Telecommunications Center advised that Crouch was a registered sex offender, who was on state probation.

Crouch confirmed he is on state probation and currently wearing an ankle monitor with a GPS located in his front pocket.

Crouch was also found to be in possession of marijuana and a meth pipe, containing methamphetamine.

Crouch was arrested and charged with possession of methamphetamine, possession of marijuana less than 20 grams, and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Washington County Sheriff Kevin Crews urges anyone with knowledge of crimes being committed to 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.