Month: June 2018

Search Warrant Finds Drugs and Guns

On June 20, 2018 the Levy County Sheriff’s Office Drug Task
Force (DTF) executed a search warrant at 14131 NW 77 Avenue Trenton, Levy County,
Florida. DTF Investigators developed information that Todd McMillan (12-6-64)
owned the home and was selling narcotics from there. DTF and members of the
Tactical Response Unit (TRU) entered the home and detained McMillan along with
two other female occupants of the home. A search of the home found
methamphetamines, marijuana and two firearms.

McMillan was arrested and has been charged with possession
of methamphetamine, possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia
and maintaining a drug dwelling. He will be formally advised of his charges and
a bond set at $91,000.00.

Kelly Colson (5-24-84) was found by TRU members hiding in a
back bedroom. She was searched after being detained and found to be in
possession of drugs and drug paraphernalia. She was arrested and charged with
two counts of possession of a controlled substance without a prescription
(Dilaudid and Clonazepam), possession of marijuana and possession of drug
paraphernalia. She will be formally advised of her charges and a bond set at $37,000.00.

Dohyahl Adams (12-26-75) was found by TRU members in a guest
bedroom and detained. She was searched and investigators found she was in
possession of methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia. She was arrested and
charged with possession of methamphetamines and possession of drug
paraphernalia.  Adams also had an
outstanding warrant for violation of probation from the original charge of
dealing in stolen property. She will be formally advised of her charges and a
bond set at $31,000.00 for the new filed charges and no bond for the warrant. 

The continued and tireless works performed by the Sheriff’s
Office DTF Investigators are taking dangerous drugs, dangerous people and guns
off our streets. Sheriff McCallum said this is yet another excellent example of
how far the criminal elements that live among us are willing to go to protect
their illegal trade. I am thankful our deputies were not injured; this is
always one of our primary concerns. Our deputies used exceptional planning to
execute this search warrant which led to three people who were committing
crimes to be taken into custody without injury to anyone involved. 

Stand-Off Ends in Tragedy

Luis Duran (photo from 2013)

June 18, 2018
On June 16, 2018 shortly after midnight, Levy County
Deputies responded to 1951 SE 119 Avenue in Morriston, Florida to a domestic
dispute. The caller told 911 dispatchers her husband pointed a gun at her
during an argument.
Deputies arrived and spoke to the wife in the front yard of
the home. She explained that her husband, Luis Duran (10-9-61), had been
drinking at a local bar and when they returned home they began arguing. Luis Duran
brandished a gun, pointed it at her and threatened to shoot her and then himself.
She was able to escape from the home and call law enforcement.
Deputies attempted to negotiate with Duran, who had
barricaded himself inside. He would not respond to PA announcements, phone
calls or any request to surrender. The Tactical Response Unit (TRU) responded
to the home and after hours of attempts to contact Duran decided to enter. TRU
members were uncertain if Duran had already injured himself. Deputies on the scene
were aware Duran had been arrested in 2013 for a very similar act during which
he fired a gun. 
TRU members located Duran lying on his bed in the master
bedroom. He was seen by law enforcement pointing a handgun at his own head. TRU
members began speaking to him and ordering him to throw the gun away and
surrender. Duran, after only 45 seconds of deputies talking to him, shot
himself. Duran was immediately treated on scene by EMS who had staged nearby.
He did not survive his injuries.
Sheriff McCallum said in today’s world the calls our
deputies are responding to and the level of violence they have to confront is
increasing at an alarming rate. This is extremely worrisome.  This situation should have had a different
ending. Mr. Duran could have surrendered and allowed us to help him. Our
thoughts and prayers are with Mrs. Duran and their family in their time of
need. The LCSO Victim Services Unit is working with the Duran family to ensure their
needs are met. 

Man Arrested for Tampering with Witness

June 15, 2018
Clarence White (10/11/67) from Chiefland was arrested on
September 3, 2017 by the Chiefland Police Department for aggravated battery and
simple battery. This arrest stemmed from an investigation that was conducted
after the victim called the police department to report having an argument with
White over money. The arrest report states White initially slapped the victim
in the face then pulled a knife and stabbed the victim in the upper thigh.
White was out on bond and confronted the victim at the Levy County Court House
when he arrived for his scheduled court appearance on June 13, 2018.
The June 13th arrest report from the LCSO
documents White approached the victim in the hall outside of the court room. White
and the victim had a brief discussion and White handed the victim a note. The
victim delivered the note to the Assistant State Attorney after reading it. The
note contained instructions and a written statement the victim was to read
before the court which essentially changed the testimony, absolving White of
criminal wrongdoing. 
White gave a statement to the LCSO investigating deputy and
admitted to delivering this note to the victim and asking for the testimony to be
changed. White was arrested and booked into the Levy County Detention Facility
and is charged with tampering with a witness. His bond had been set at $100,000.00.

Spotlight on Molly the K-9

Nicholas Galloway                                  

Ronald Fowler
June 11, 2018
Deputy Gary
Garboski and his K-9 partner Molly work the streets of Levy County searching
for drugs being transported in vehicles. This past weekend was no exception.
Molly depends on her partner to stop the cars, but finding drugs in a vehicle
is all up to her. She does the hard work and then makes Deputy Garboski finish
the paperwork.
Over this past
weekend, Molly and Deputy Garboski made four drug arrests. Deputy Garboski
conducted a traffic stop on Main Street in Chiefland. During the stop Molly
gave Deputy Garboski her signal that she smelled drugs in the vehicle. Deputy
Garboski arrested Ronald Fowler (2/22/89) for possession of methamphetamine and
possession of drug paraphernalia. Christopher Lee (7/18/89), who was also in
the same vehicle with Fowler, was found in possession of a misdemeanor amount
of marijuana and issued a Notice To Appear in court.
Deputy Garboski
conducted a traffic stop on North Hathaway Avenue later in the evening in
Bronson, and Molly found drugs in this vehicle, too. Nicholas Galloway (1/3/99)
was arrested for possession of cocaine, possession of marijuana and possession
of drug paraphernalia. Marie Blueford (10/1/98), a passenger in the vehicle,
was issued a Notice To Appear in court for possession of drug paraphernalia.
Sheriff McCallum vowed his dedication to arresting those who
choose to transport, use or sell narcotics in Levy County. He outfits his men
and women with the best equipment available. Special K-9’s, like Molly, are
invaluable tools which help combat the use of narcotics in our county. This
weekend’s arrests are typical, and we will continue the fight, using every tool
available.   

Formal Charges Filed on Carlton J. Mathis

June 7, 2018
The Levy County Sheriff’s Office (LCSO) formally filed
charges on Carlton James Mathis (7-29-89) and booked him into jail. Mathis was
released from the hospital yesterday afternoon after he received treatment for his
injuries and was transported to the Levy County Detention Facility. Mathis is suspected
in the death of an infant in Alabama and was also wanted for violating his
probation on a prior burglary case in Georgia. Mathis was stopped by LCSO
deputies and Alachua County Sheriff’s Office SWAT members Monday, June 4, 2018,
at the Bronson Villas in a vehicle he was riding in with Otis Johnson, Amanda
Oakes and a 14 year old girl. Mathis brandished a firearm when confronted by
law enforcement which ultimately ending in him being shot. The child and a
deputy sustained minor injuries from shrapnel during the shooting.  
Mathis has been charged with aggravated assault with a
firearm with the intent to commit a felony, possession of a firearm by a
convicted felon, child neglect, possession of methamphetamine and possession of
marijuana. Both of these drugs were found on his person at the time he was shot
and taken to the hospital. Mathis had his first appearance in Levy County this
morning and his bond has been set at $650,000.00.
Additional charges were filed earlier today for trafficking
in methamphetamines. This charge stems from a large stash of methamphetamine found
in the vehicle on the evening he opposed law enforcement. Bond has not been set
on this charge.
Mathis will be held at the Levy County Detention Facility
until these charges have been answered for in a Levy County Court. He will then
be extradited to Alabama to face the homicide charges awaiting him there.