Month: March 2019

The Charges Keep Stacking Up

March 22, 2019
Courtney Harvey (11-19-88), a career violent felon from
Williston, was arrested by Drug Task Force Detective Rob Bowers on November 30,
2018 after a lengthy investigation. Harvey was charged with a variety of crimes
ranging from battery to drug trafficking. He has been held in the Levy County
Detention Facility since this arrest.
Yesterday more charges were filed on Harvey after an
examination of drugs seized during the investigation prior to his November
arrest were received by the LCSO. Detective Rob Bowers added twelve (12) more
drug related charges including possession with the intent to distribute
fentanyl, possession with the intent to distribute cocaine, sale of cocaine,
sale of fentanyl and use of a two way communication device during the
commission of a felony. 
Street level drug sales investigations are difficult to
conduct. In the case involving Harvey, Detectives suspected he was selling
heroin. Detectives discovered on two instances he actually sold drugs that were
a mixture of cocaine and fentanyl. On a third occasion he sold pure fentanyl.
Fentanyl is the drug that has been linked to multiple
overdose deaths across the nation and has harmed many first responders who
inadvertently came into contact with this substance. Deputies in Levy County
now carry Narcan, which is used to counteract the deadly effects of this drug,
both for victims and ourselves. 
An additional $530,000.00 in bonds has been levied against
Harvey bringing his total bond to 1.29 million dollars.

Traffic Crash Involving a School Bus

March 21, 2019
LCSO Deputies and the Florida Highway Patrol are on the
scene of a traffic crash involving a Levy County school bus at the intersection
of SR 24 and NE 99th Place in Bronson. No students aboard bus 0984 report
being injured but are being checked by Emergency Medical Services as a
precaution. Deputies reported a pickup truck rear ended the bus at this
intersection. The driver of the truck sustained minor injuries.
Parents do not respond to the crash scene. Parents will be
contacted by the Levy County School Board at the number listed in your child’s emergency
contact information filed with their school. The students aboard the damaged
bus will be transferred to another bus which will take them to their drop off
locations. All students aboard bus 0984 will be arriving to their drop off
locations late.

Serial Burglar Arrested After He is ID’ed from Facebook Video

March 21, 2019
Local business owner Ryan Bell purchased the building
formally known as Deke’s Restaurant and installed a state of the art video
surveillance system. His simple decision to safeguard his own property led to
the arrest of Harold William Santry, Jr (8-19-64) of Chiefland. 
Mr. Bell and his wife used social media to flood our local
area with the video his surveillance system captured of the then unknown suspect.
One of their followers who was shopping at Wal-Mart identified Santry Tuesday
afternoon. Santry, who must have been totally unaware of the video, was inside
Wal-Mart shopping too. LCSO Deputies and Chiefland Police Department Officers
responded to Wal-Mart and apprehended Santry. 
Santry has a lengthy arrest history with arrests beginning in
1984. He has amassed 15 felony arrests with 9 felony convictions and two tours
through the Florida Department of Corrections. His crimes include battery on a law
enforcement officer, resisting arrest with violence, fleeing and attempting to elude
law enforcement, aggravated battery of LEO, theft, drugs and burglary just to
name a few.
Detectives executed a search warrant on his home and discovered
a wood chipper reported stolen in a Levy County case our deputies responded to
in 2015. Detectives also discovered Santry moved into Levy County in June of
2015. Multiple firearms were recovered and Santry has been charged with possession
of a firearm by a convicted felon as well as other crimes. 
LCSO Detectives will be working on this case for months. Many
seized items have been identified, but most have not. Santry appeared to target
the areas between Chiefland and Fanning Springs. Residents who lived in these areas
between June of 2015 and March of 2019 and have had something stolen from their
home are asked to contact our Criminal Investigations Division at 352-486-5111 to
schedule a meeting. We will allow you to view all the property which has not
been identified. The process of cataloging the items will take time and we are
asking for your patience.
We are also asking our public if you had any interaction with
Santry or even purchased something from him to contact us. He is a very
accomplished criminal and we want to ensure you that you are not in trouble. We
just need to identify any stolen property he may have sold to the unsuspecting.
Additional cases identified this way would allow us to file more charges on him
and ensure he does not ever get out of jail again to victimize another Levy
County resident. 

Santry is being held
in the Levy County Detention Facility in lieu of a $695,000.00 bond.

Citizen Complaint of Reckless Driver Results in Drug Arrest

March 18, 2019
On Sunday evening, March 17, 2019 a concerned citizen called
the Levy County Sheriff’s Office to report seeing a reckless driver on SR 121.
Deputy Tucker Gaffey was dispatched to the area and located the dark colored
van described by the citizen. Deputy Gaffey saw the vehicle was being operated
at a speed above the posted speed limit; the driver was swerving within his own
lane and was following the car in front of him too closely. Based on these
observations, Deputy Gaffey stopped the vehicle.
Deputy Gaffey identified the driver as Jonathan Adkins
(1-27-2000) of Louisville, Kentucky. While speaking to Adkins Deputy Gaffey
smelled marijuana. Deputy Gaffey asked Adkins if he had any marijuana in the vehicle
and was handed several hand rolled cigars that Adkins said were filled with
marijuana. Adkins also said there was more marijuana hidden in the gas cap area
of the van. This baggie was recovered and it contained a felony amount if
marijuana. Adkins was arrested.
Deputy Gaffey searched Adkins’ van prior to it being towed
and located an unusual can of WD-40 in the rear cargo area. The can had a false
bottom and when Deputy Gaffey unscrewed it, he found more drugs and money.
Deputy Gaffey’s discovery of this stash of drugs revealed 79 hits of LSD, MDMA,
THC wax, methamphetamines and cocaine along with $960.00 in cash.
Adkins was booked in to the Levy County Detention Facility
and was charged with felony possession of marijuana, possession of a hallucinogen
(LSD), three counts of possession of a controlled substance without a
prescription and possession of drug paraphernalia. His bond was set at
$165,000.00.

Vehicle Equipment Violation Results in Drug Arrest

March 18, 2019
On Friday evening, March 15, 2019 Deputy Gary Garboski with his
K-9 partner Molly stopped a vehicle for an equipment violation. Deputy Garboski
spoke to the driver and while doing so smelled the odor of marijuana. The
driver produced a marijuana vape pen, three THC cartridges and her medical
marijuana prescription card. Deputy Garboski knew the THC vape pens did not
smell like burning marijuana when used and pressed the driver and her passenger
for more information. 
Deputy Garboski searched the vehicle and located raw leaf marijuana,
three vape pens which contained THC oil (a felony) and a marijuana pipe in the
center console of car. The passenger, Robert Klein (4-2-86) from Fort White,
claimed ownership of all of these items and said the driver did not know he had
placed them there. Klein also said he had a firearm in the trunk of the
vehicle.
Deputy Garboski searched the trunk of the vehicle and
located a loaded .223 rifle and a loaded .40 caliber pistol. Concealed in a bag
next to these guns were more drugs. Deputy Garboski seized 86 alprazolam pills,
68 THC vape cartridges, THC wax, 31 MDMA pills, 106 hits of LSD, two THC energy
drinks and 1 ½ pounds of raw marijuana. Klein claimed ownership of all of these
drugs, too.
Klein was arrested and booked into the Levy County Detention
Facility. He was charged with trafficking in LSD, possession with the intent to
distribute marijuana, three counts of possession of a controlled substance without
a prescription, possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony and
possession of drug paraphernalia. His bond was set at $34,000.00.