Jim Carey, a Criminal Intelligence Analyst with the Walton County Sheriff’s Office was chosen as the Non-Sworn Employee of the quarter. Carey has been with the Sheriff’s Office since 2004 but brings over 30 years of law enforcement experience. In his previous assignment, Carey was a crime scene investigator and is now a member of the Criminal Intelligence Unit which analyzes real time intelligence and relays leads to the Criminal Investigations Bureau and Patrol. Due to his hard work, investigators were able to solve multiple car and home burglary cases where arrests were made and property was returned to the rightful owners. Carey conducted research and created maps that helped pinpoint locations of where burglaries occurred that assisted the investigators and deputies in linking the criminal’s method of operations. Carey also puts together Officer Safety Bulletins which are shared among other agencies as well as our own. Carey’s supervisor, Captain Donnie Clark stated, “Jim’s dedication and commitment to solve crimes within Walton County is invaluable.”
On Tuesday, December 3, 2013, Walton County Sheriff’s Office Investigators executed a search warrant after a month long investigation at the residence of Donald Joseph Wood, 49, of 800 Landfill Road, DeFuniak Springs, Florida. During the search, investigators located chemicals and paraphernalia used in the manufacturing of methamphetamine; along with an access of over 200 grams of methamphetamine. Woods was arrested and charged with Manufacturing Methamphetamine (2nd Degree Felony), Trafficking in Methamphetamine (1st Degree Felony), and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia (1st Degree Misdemeanor).
In addition, four more arrests were made during the time of the search warrant. Alexander Wood, 23, was arrested and charged with Possession of Methamphetamine (3rd Degree Felony) and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia (1st Degree Misdemeanor). Tonya Michelle Davis, 35, was arrested and charged with Manufacturing Methamphetamine (2nd Degree Felony). Joanna Leann Jackson, 22, was arrested and charged with Possession of less than 20 grams of Marijuana (1st Degree Misdemeanor) and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia (1st Degree Misdemeanor). Allan Lee Nabors, 40, fled on foot from the residence but was taken into custody without incident. Nabors was arrested and charged with Manufacturing Methamphetamine (2nd Degree Felony), Trafficking in Methamphetamine (1st Degree Felony), Possession of a Listed Chemical (2nd Degree Felony) and Resisting an Officer without Violence (1st Degree Misdemeanor).
Deputies from the Walton County Sheriff’s Office Traffic Unit, K9 Unit, Patrol Bureau and K9 Unit from the Walton Correctional Institute assisted in the apprehension of Nabors. All five individuals were transported to the Walton County Department of Corrections.
As a result of a two week investigation, the Walton County Sheriff’s Office arrested Deputy Lester Rodgers this morning, Wednesday, December 4th. Rodgers obtained a Benchmade knife from another individual and pawned it knowing that it was stolen. Rodgers was placed on administrative leave pending the outcome of the investigation.
Rodgers, 32, was hired by the Walton County Sheriff’s in January of 2005 as a corrections officer and became a deputy sheriff in 2007. Rodgers is terminated from the Walton County Sheriff’s Office.
Sheriff Mike Adkinson stated, “This is difficult but the right thing to do. The public has to have faith in our profession and we will hold ourselves accountable.”
On Friday, September 20, the Walton County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Interdiction Unit had stopped a vehicle on I-10 at the 83 mile marker for a traffic violation for following to close to another vehicle. After making contact, Deputy Key detected signs of deception and nervousness exhibited by the driver. Due to Deputy Key’s extensive training, he was concerned that the driver was involved in criminal activity and deployed K9 “Ella” who alerted on the vehicle. Deputy Key located $103,820 US dollars along with a small amount of marijuana. The manner in which the currency was packaged and based on other factors present during the traffic stop, Deputy Key suspected the currency was being smuggled and was intended to be used to conduct narcotics related transactions. The case was immediately adopted by the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA). The money was seized and placed in evidence. The driver of the vehicle was tied to a multi-state Drug Trafficking Organization and admitted that the money was proceeds from criminal activity.
Information obtained during the investigation led to search warrants being executed in Orlando, Florida. The Orlando Police Department in conjunction with the DEA conducted search warrants resulting in the seizure of 58lbs of hydro marijuana, $186,766, 1 gram of cocaine, 2 grams of MDMA “Molly”, one handgun, two vehicles and the arrest of three individuals.
The DEA has closed the case and the Walton County Sheriff’s Office will receive money from the investigation which will be utilized for future law enforcement training and equipment. The driver who was pulled over on I-10 is one of the three individuals arrested.
($103,820 seized on Friday, September 20th, on I-10)
The U.S. Marshals Florida Regional Fugitive Task Force (FRFTF) arrested a man this morning who was being sought by the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office in Ohio. James Michael O’Briant, 45, of 35 West Seneca Drive, Mossy Head, was taken into custody this morning without incident. O’Briant had a warrant for his arrest for three counts of pandering sexually oriented matter involving a minor. The United States Marshals Service for the Southern District of Ohio requested assistance from the FRFTF after learning that O’Briant applied for a driver license in Florida with the address stated above. The FRFTF from Walton, Okaloosa, Santa Rosa and Escambia County Sheriff’s Offices assisted in the arrest. O’Briant was booked in the Walton County Department of Corrections without bond awaiting extradition.