Cash, Crack, Pot and Pills: Drug Sweep in Palm Coast and Bunnell Yields 16 Arrests
FlaglerLive | December 10, 2014
Fifteen adults and a juvenile were arrested in Bunnell and Palm Coast Wednesday in on drug charges in a sweep by the Flagler County and St. John’s Sheriff’s offices and the Bunnell Police Department.
The sweep included search warrants at four residences, where a total of $5,000 in cash, 117 grams of crack cocaine, 7.5 grams of marijuana, and 71 prescription drug pills were seized. Another $1,000 was found on a suspect–Dwayne Jenkins of 609 South Bacher Street in Bunnell–arrested at a traffic stop, who became part of the sweep. The estimated street value of the drugs is approximately $10,000, according to the Sheriff’s Office. The majority of those arrested were at the four houses searched.
The search warrants were served at at 301 East Booe Street, Apt. 3 and Apt. 8, at 310 South Anderson Street, and at 302 East Drain Street.
The arrests were the result of numerous undercover operations in the previous weeks, as with what led to the arrest of, for example, Cecil Hubbert Jr., 44, of 44 South Bacher Street in Bunnell.
In mid-November, a sheriff’s confidential source met with a detective and a deputy at an undisclosed location to arrange a drug buy–$40 worth of crack from a man who was alleged to be selling the stuff from apartments at 300 East Booe Street. The two cops searched the confidential source’s vehicle for drugs or contraband before giving him $40- to but the crack. Later that afternoon, the source made contact with Hubbert, who walked up to the source’s car window.The two greeted each other. As it turned out, the source had been looking for another individual. He retreated, called the cops to confirm that it was OK to carry out the transaction with Hubbert, and returned to the alleged seller. Hubbert then got in the car and directed the confidential source to the apartment at 300 East Booe. Hubbert went in and came back out with a bag containing the alleged cocaine and gave the source his phone number. The two then spoke of transacting prescription drugs in the future.
about half an hour after having arranged the buy as directed by the detective and the deputy, the confidential source then returned to the cops at a pre-determined location, handed over the suspected crack and wrote a sworn statement about the transaction after the car was searched again. The substance, about 0.2 grams’ worth, tested positive for cocaine. On Dec. 9, County Judge Melissa Moore-Stens signed an arrest warrant for Hubbert on a charge of selling cocaine within 1,000 feet of a public park. Hubbert is now at the county jail on $100,000 bond, though his charge, as it appears on his booking page today, is sale of hydropmorphone, a prescription drug. That appears to be an error, as his arrest warrant listed on the jail site matches the one on his arrest affidavit for cocaine sale.
Since 2008, Hubbert has been booked at the jail 20 times, or an average of almost three times a year. Of his four arrests this year, two were on drug charges and two on battery charges.
The arrest of Chauncey McCray, a 17-year-old resident of 512 South Chapel Street known as “Slick,” followed the same pattern, with two cops arranging a controlled buy of oxycodone, the pain pill, with a confidential source. That one took place on Nov. 24 as the source drove around in his car in South Bunnell, finally dropping off McCray on South Chapel Street. An arrest warrant was issued Dec. 9 on a first-degree felony charge of selling a controlled substance within 1,000 feet of a public housing authority.
The Sheriff’s Office was seeking 23 individuals following an investigation of three to four months, Sheriff Jim Manfre said. “This operation, like others
we’ve had, is designed to make our community safer for the holiday season,” he said. The operation was dubbed “Home for the Holidays.”
No shots were fired, there were no reports of anyone resisting, and no injuries, Paula Priester, a spokesperson for the Sheriff’s Office, said.
Following are 14 of the individuals arrested today, according to the Sheriff’s Office:
David Myers, 56, of 2249 Hazelnut Street in Bunnell, charged with sale and possession of crack cocaine. He was last arrested arrested on Nov. 7 on two counts of cocaine sale and posted bail on $20,000 bond. He was also arrested in September on a charge of cocaine possession with intent to distribute.
Hiawassee Watson, 24, of 304 South Anderson Street in Bunnell, charged with possession and sale of a counterfeit drug. He is being held on $10,000 bond. He’s been arrested 10 previous times since 2007 on a variety of charges including domestic battery, aggravated assault and false imprisonment.
Cecil Hubbert, 44, of 44 Bacher Street in Bunnell, charged with sale of cocaine within 1,000 feet of a park, held on $100,000 bond.
Chauncey McRay, 17, 512 South Chapel Street, Bunnell, charged with selling a controlled substance within 1,000 feet of a housing authority, held on $25,000 bond.
Wilbert McCoy, 33, of Daytona Beach, charged with several counts of selling hydromorphone within 1,000 feet of a school, a public park or a convenience store. His latest arrest was not posted at the jail’s website at the time of this story’s publication.
Leslie Brock, 25, of 408 South Chapel Street, charged with possession of a controlled substance within 1,000 feet of a school, held on $50,000 bond. This is Brock’s 11th jail booking locally since 2008.
Brian Spencer, 36, of 1 Kaiser Place in Palm Coast, charged with possession or sale of Oxycodone, held on $15,000 bond. This is Spencer’s 13th jail booking locally since 2008.
Russell Ash III, 34, of 40 Rockinghorse Drive in Palm Coast, charged with possession or sale of hydromorphone within 1,000 feet of a public park. His booking sheet had not yet been posted at the county jail at the time of publication.
Jason Neal, 31, of 300 East Booe Street in Bunnell, charged with possession or sale of hydromorphone within 1,000 feet of a public park. He’s being held on $50,000 bond. This is Neal’s 18th booking at the county jail since 2008. In May he was arrested on a cocaine sale charge.
Dwayne Jenkins, 31, of 609 South Bacher Street, charged with possession or sale of oxycodone within 1,000 feet of a church, held on $50,000 bond.
Wendy Sydnor, 50, of 24 Blare Castle Drive, charged with sale of hydromorphone, held on $10,000 bond.
Curtis Emmanuel, 28, of 504 Moore Street in Bunnell, charged with sale of hydromorphone within 1,000 feet of a school, held on $25,000 bond.
Steven Taverna, 62, of 502 North Lemon Street, charged with sale of hydromorphone within 1,000 feet of a school. His latest booking had not been posted on the jail’s site at the time of publication. His two previous jail bookings were for probation violation.
Clarence Pew III, age unknown, 105 Belvedere Lane in Palm Coast, charged with sale of hydromorphone within 1,000 feet of a convenience store. His booking had not posted at the jail’s website at the time of publication.