Concerned Citizen Tip Leads to Drug Arrest

August 14, 2018
The Levy County Sheriff’s Office Patrol Division and
Criminal Investigations Division responded to the area of Williston Highlands
near the Williston Golf Course on August 10th to citizen complaints
of suspicious activity. Citizens saw what they believed were drug transactions occurring
in their neighborhood in the late evening hours and were able to provide
deputies with vehicle descriptions and tag numbers. 
Patrol Deputy Kellie Ward and CID Investigator Justin
VanDuren teamed up and stopped one of the described vehicles. The driver,
identified as Mandy Sears (8-2-78) of Williston was found to be driving a
vehicle with the wrong tag on it. Her driver’s license had also been suspended.
Sears cooperated during the traffic stop and deputies located crack cocaine and
Molly hidden in the vehicle. 
Sears was arrested and charged with possession of crack
cocaine, possession of a controlled substance (Molly), driving while license
suspended or revoked and attaching a tag not assigned to a vehicle. She was
booked in at the Levy County Detention Bureau where she is being held on a
$35,000.00 bond.