Sheriff, Police Chief tell city council about drug bust

Published: Tuesday, July 9, 2013 at 15:49 PM.

CHIPLEY — Over 400 man-hours and $6,000 in drug buy money were expended in the massive narcotics roundup conducted by Washington County law enforcement last week.

Chipley Police Chief Kevin Crews and Washington County Sheriff Bobby Haddock were at the Chipley City Council meeting on Tuesday telling the council members about the months-long investigation that culminated in the arrest of 33 local residents on various drug charges.

“No one single law enforcement agency could have done an operation like this,” Crews said. “It took all of us working together, and that includes the community members who stand by us.”

The Washington County Drug Task Force began a narcotics arrest roundup on July 3 that included arrest warrants for 35 suspects on felony charges of selling controlled substances, Crews said.

The Washington County Drug Task Force, which consists of the Chipley Police Department and Washington County Sheriff's Office, concluded a six-month long investigation into the sale of illegal narcotics.  

On Wednesday,  July 3, the narcotics task force began conducting a warrant roundup that consisted of 38 arrest warrants for 35 suspects. During the course of the roundup, several suspects were found to be in possession of marijuana, and/or various drug paraphernalia, according to police.  Approximately a half-pound of the marijuana seized from these suspects was prepackaged for sell. 

 While attempting the arrest of Haley Emanuel at her residence on charges of sell of methamphetamine and opium, Drug Task Force Officers were able to gain consent to search the residence leading to an additional three arrests, according to the release.  



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