Warrant Arrest Leads to Drug Stash

On June 10, 2013 at approximately 10:00 a.m. Levy County K-9 Deputy Kevin Kinik arrested Johnny Lee Patterson at the Bronson Motel located at 315 E Hathaway Ave. Dep. Kinik was aware that Patterson had a warrant for his arrest for VOP stemming from an earlier arrest for Dealing in Stolen Property and Burglary. A tip had been given that Patterson was currently in room 16. Upon contacting the occupants of that room it was determined that Patterson was not there. The manager told Dep. Kinik that room 24 was being occupied by an unregistered tenant. The manager opened room 24 to allow Dep. Kinik to conduct a trespass investigation.   Dep. Kinik assisted by Dep. Noel Ramirez, discovered the room was occupied by Patterson and a female companion. As Dep. Kinik entered the room to take Patterson into custody he observed a clear plastic bag of a substance that appeared to be cocaine and cash. Dep. Kinik placed Patterson into custody along with the female companion identified as Kiara Hicks B/F 6-7-93. Dep. Kinik requested the assistance of Levy County Sheriff’s Drug Task Force who prepared and executed a search warrant on room 24 and recovered 4.6 grams of crack cocaine with a street value estimated at $960 and $154 cash.

Lt. Scott Tummond
Criminal Investigations Division
Levy County Sheriff's Office
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