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Deputies Seized Weapon and Drugs From a Bunnell House on Tuesday. Today, The House Burned.

| May 15, 2019

The duplex at 502 East Drain Street as firefighters worked to put it out. (Flagler County Professional Firefighters Local 4337)

The duplex at 502 East Drain Street as firefighters worked to put it out. (Flagler County Professional Firefighters Local 4337)

The duplex at 502 East Drain Street has had a troubled history. Less than four years ago, John Robert Stubbs, a 46-year-old former Marine, was found murdered on the front stoop. The murder has never been solved.


Two years ago, Derek Holden, 34, who lived there, was arrested on drug charges, found guilty of two second-degree felonies and placed on 18 months’ probation, which wasn’t to conclude until the end of this year.

Last week, the Bunnell Police Department had stepped up patrols around 502 East Drain, according to its commanders’ reports.

On Tuesday, the Flagler County Sheriff’s Office’s special investigations unit, a SWAT team and the Bunnell Police Department raided the house, search warrant in hand. No one was home. But authorities seized $12,000 worth of narcotics and a firearm. The sheriff’s office said that felony charges were pending.

Today, the duplex burned.

The fire was called in by a passerby at 1:05 p.m. Flagler County Fire Rescue and the Palm Coast Fire Department responded, as did Bunnell police.

“We arrived on scene quickly and extinguished the fire,” said Flagler County Deputy Fire Chief Joe King. “It started in the front room. We were able to prevent it from reaching the next unit.” A county release said both duplex units were unoccupied at the time of the fire, though residents of 500 East Drain returned afterward, and the American Red Cross was called on their behalf.

Flagler County Fire Marshal Jerry Smith is investigating the cause of the fire. King said Bunnell police was present as the firefighters worked and noted the previous day’s bust. “There wasn’t a lot of fire damage,” King said, though smoke and water also cause damage.

Late this evening, King provided an update: based on Smith’s findings, the cause of the fire is “undetermined at this time.” There were a couple of what King characterized as potential red flags in the area of the fire: a candle and a mattress, at a time when there’d been no power outages and power was running normally to the building. But the fire marshal could not determine the candle’s location before the fire and could not conclude whether there was a connection between the candle and the fire. Still, the candle appeared out of context, and there did not appear to be a shrine or anything like it in that room, where a candle might have been used for that purpose.

The sheriff’s search warrant was the result of an investigation into suspected trafficking of synthetic cathinones by occupants of the house, whose identity the sheriff’s office did not disclose. Synthetic cathinones are more commonly known on the street as “Molly,” bath salts or ecstasy, and listed as a Schedule I Controlled Substance under Florida law.

During a search of the residence, Detectives discovered a trafficking amount of cathinones, a trafficking amount of Oxycodone pills, approximately two pounds of pot pre-packaged for sale, and a loaded Glock handgun. Detectives additionally located a vacuum sealer machine and over 30 used large vacuum seal bags containing Cannabis residue, believed to originally contain a large quantity of Cannabis per bag.

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(Flagler County Professional Firefighters Local 4337)

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502 East Drain in 2015, when a man was found murdered there. (© FlaglerLive)

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8 Responses for “Deputies Seized Weapon and Drugs From a Bunnell House on Tuesday. Today, The House Burned.”

  1. Again says:

    How does that crappy PD know it’s 12k worth of dope? What a joke ! No arrests will be made just like nothing has been done about Stubbs murder . Bunnell PD is a cold case in itself .

  2. Dave says:

    Who ever is trying to put Molly(pure MDMA) and Ecstasy in the same category as bath salts has some serious explaining to do. Its miss information and propaganda like that ,that makes a medically valuable drug like MDMA seem like a useless poison like bath salts.

  3. ConstantlyAmazed says:

    Wow, murders, drugs over the years either someone was let me guess doing drugs in there again and set the place on fire or the people living around there finally got fed up.

    Sidebar: the most recent owner arrested on 2 FELONY DRUG CHARGES of TRAFFICKING only received PROBATION.

    Does he still retain his right to vote ?

  4. Richard says:

    This is a no brainer in my book! Certainly not coincidental but pretty stupid on the perp’s part. What were they thinking? Well obviously they weren’t as their brain cell had been fired on drugs.

  5. Agkistrodon says:

    The FEDERAL government Schedules them that way Dave.

  6. ASF says:

    Bunnell seems to be a bizarre combination of drug/gang culture and Christian fundamentalism. The second group are losing their power to the first but they are like the three monkeys (deaf, dumb and blind) that can’t admit it. Bad news all round.

  7. Dave says:

    Agkistrodon, u mean likebthe schedule Marijuana the same as Heroin? Yea thats what I’m talking about.

  8. really says:

    appropriate name of Street (circling the) Drain St.

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