Month: July 2015

UNSOLVED HOMICIDE ASSISTANCE SOUGHT

 

 

On July 5th, 2014, Deputies
from the Levy County Sheriff’s Office responded to the area of 3571 NE 218th Avenue
in Williston, Florida to the report of a deceased
person.  The investigation revealed that Leo
Rives (DOB 11/25/82) had been found deceased beside his vehicle. 

After following up on initial leads, the case
has remained unsolved.  With the passing of the
first anniversary of Mr. Rives murder, LCSO Investigators are asking the public
for their assistance in closing this case for the friends and family of Mr.
Rives.  Anyone wishing to provide
information should contact the lead investigators, Sgt. Mike Narayan or Cpl.
Tom Martin at 352-486-5111, Extension 291 or 267. 

Investigators believe that
there are numerous individuals that know who is involved in the murder.  These witnesses may fear retaliation and have
chosen not to become involved.  We are
appealing to these witnesses to do what is right and help bring closure and
justice for the family. We strongly encourage these individuals to utilize Crime
Stoppers if they wish to remain anonymous.

Crime Stoppers of Levy County has
authorized a cash award of up to $1,000.00 for information leading to the
arrest and prosecution of the person or persons involved in the murder of Mr.
Rives.  That information can be provided
anonymously at 1-877-349-8477.  Thank you
for your assistance. 

 

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OPERATION MELTING POT

July  27, 2015

LCSO announces the conclusion of
a long term drug investigation that began in September of 2014.  The investigation began when Investigators
from the LCSO Criminal Investigation Division (CID) shared a confidential source
of information with members of the Levy County Drug Task Force (DTF).  The Drug Task Force Investigators were able
to use that source to develop intelligence that ultimately led to a significant
number of undercover narcotic purchases throughout Levy County. 

Investigators chose the name
“Melting Pot” for the operation because of the diversity of the locations, drug
types and offenders who were caught in the net of the operation.  The investigation began in September of 2014
and concluded in May of 2015.  During
that time Investigators were able to make 72 controlled purchases of illegal
drugs from 67 different suspects in Levy
County.  The illegal purchases were made in the
Bronson, Williston, Morriston and Inglis areas of the county.  The drug types purchased included heroin,
cocaine, crack cocaine, methamphetamine, marijuana and MDMA (also known as
“Molly”).  Various prescription medications
were also purchased which included oxycodone, hydrocodone, oxymorphone,
morphine, oxycontin and suboxone. 

After all of the purchases, DTF
investigators, led by Case Agent Rob Bowers, set about the monumental task of organizing
their evidence and preparing each case for prosecution.  They prepared arrest affidavits for each case
and ultimately obtained 67 arrest warrants for the suspects in this
Operation.  LCSO Deputies, along with the
assistance of the U.S. Marshal’s Service Florida Regional Fugitive Task Force,
began arresting the suspects on July 20, 2015. 
The arrest phase of the operation is continuing at this time. 

LCSO would like to acknowledge
the assistance we received from the U.S. Marshal’s Service Florida Regional
Fugitive Task Force, State Attorney Bill Cervone’s Office and others who have
helped make this operation one of the most successful drug operations in Levy County
history.  

 

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OPERATION MELTING POT

SIGNIFICANT ARRESTS

 

Tyree Brown (aka Lil One)

Brown
was arrested for Sale
of cocaine, Possession of cocaine with intent to sell and Unlawful use of a
two-way communication device. Brown’s criminal history includes 29 Felony
charges and 4 Felony convictions. Brown has a violent history with Law
Enforcement and is a member of an upper level cocaine organization in Williston, Florida.

Aaron McKnight (aka Ace)


McKnight
was arrested for Sale
of cocaine, Possession of cocaine with intent to sell and Unlawful use of a
two-way communication device. McKnight’s criminal history includes 32 Felony
Charges and 24 Felony convictions.

Quentin Mitchell (aka Bill)  

Mitchell
was arrested for Sale
of cocaine within 1000 feet of a school (2 counts), Possession of cocaine with
intent to sell within 1000 feet of a school (2 counts) and Unlawful use of a
two-way communication device (2 counts). Mitchell’s criminal history includes
26 Felony charges and 7 Felony convictions. Mitchell is currently on Federal
probation for narcotics offenses and a Federal Arrest Warrant has been issued
charging Mitchell with Violation of Supervised Release. A Detainer has been
placed on Mitchell by the U.S. Marshal’s.

Gerald Ross (aka Pony Boy)  

Ross
was arrested for Sale
of cocaine (2 counts), Possession of cocaine with intent to sell (2 counts) and
Unlawful use of a two-way communication device (2 counts). Ross was sentenced
to 10 years in Federal Prison in 1998 for Conspiracy to distribute and
Possession with intent to distribute cocaine. Ross’s State level criminal
history includes 14 Felony charges and 8 Felony convictions. Ross is a
convicted Sex Offender and an upper level cocaine supplier in Williston, Florida.

Martinus Monroe (aka
Poochie)
 

Monroe was arrested for Sale of cocaine (2 counts), Possession of
cocaine with intent to sell (2 counts) and Unlawful use of a two-way
communication device (2 counts). Monroe’s
criminal history includes 7 Felony charges and 2 felony convictions. Monroe is also a member of an upper level cocaine
organization in Williston, Florida.

Leon Snow (aka Poncho)

Snow
was arrested for Sale
of methamphetamine, Possession of methamphetamine with intent to sell and
Unlawful use of a two-way communication device. Snow’s criminal history
includes 24 Felony charges and 13 felony convictions.

Carlos McNeal (aka Los)

McNeal
was arrested for Sale of cocaine within 1000
feet of a church, Possession of cocaine with intent to sell within 1000 feet of
a church, Unlawful use of a two-way communication device (2 counts), Sale of cocaine and
possession of cocaine with intent to sell. McNeal’s criminal history includes
18 Felony charges and 1 felony conviction.

Brian Rackley

Rackley
was arrested for Sale
of heroin within 1000 feet of a convenience store, Possession of heroin with
intent to sell within 1000 feet of a convenience store and Unlawful use of a
two-way communication device. Rackley is a significant supplier of heroin in Levy County
and his criminal history includes 11 Felony charges and 5 felony convictions.

 

Notification of Upcoming Press Conference

 

 

July 22, 2015

Sheriff Bobby McCallum invites
all interested media representatives to a press conference which will be held
at the Levy County Sheriff’s Office on Monday, July 27, 2015 at 10:30 AM.  The purpose of the conference will be to
release details regarding the Levy County Drug Task Force’s “Operation Melting
Pot”.  This is a long-term drug
investigation which has resulted in a significant number of arrests. 

The Levy County Sheriff’s Office
is located at 9150 Northeast 80th
Avenue in Bronson,
Florida.  Questions regarding the conference should be
directed to Undersheriff Brett Beauchamp at 352-486-5111, Extension #231. 

 

Thank you for your
assistance. 

 

 

 

Follow Up Investigations Being Concluded

 

 

July 20, 2015

 

Deputies from the Levy County
Sheriff’s Office, with the assistance of the U.S. Marshal’s Service Florida
Regional Fugitive Task Force, are currently concluding follow up investigations
(which includes arrests) on a long term operation.  This is an ongoing operation and specifics
cannot be released at this time without jeopardizing the cases.  A detailed press release will be provided as
soon as possible.  We appreciate your
patience and understanding. 

Sexual Predator

Sexual Predator

Public Address Notification

 

July 9, 2015

On July 9, 2015 John Wayne Hudson registered as a
Sexual Predator with the Levy County Sheriff’s Office. By Florida
law Hudson is required to notify law
enforcement whenever he changes addresses.

John Wayne Hudson was convicted in 2004 in Levy County,
Fl for Sexual Battery by weapon or force – F.S. 794.011. Hudson
was released from the Federal Bureau of Prisons in 2014 and registered a change
in address to: 11950 NE 116 Street
Archer, Fl

For a complete listing of all
registered sexual predators and offenders residing in Levy County,
or to search by zip code, please visit www.fdle.state.fl.us and go to the sexual
offender data base.

Sexual Predator:

John Wayne Hudson

11950 NE 116 Street

Archer, Fl 32618

White/Male

DOB: 05/03/1968

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Lt. Scott Tummond
Criminal Investigations Division
Levy County Sheriff’s Office
(352) 486-5111
“Know Something We Don’t” Call Crime Stoppers 1-877-349-8477 remain anonymous.