Wrong Tag Leads to Drug Arrest

October 8, 2019

Levy County Deputy Blake Murphy was on patrol in the Bronson area on October 3, 2019 and noticed a suspicious vehicle. He requested a check of the tag and discovered the tag attached to the suspicious vehicle was a cancelled tag. He then stopped the car and spoke to the driver.

The driver, Melissa Ellis (12/13/80) of Gainesville did not have a valid driver’s license. In-fact her license was suspended and she told Deputy Murphy she knew the tag was not assigned to this vehicle. Ellis was arrested and placed in the backseat of his patrol car.

Deputy Murphy spoke to the three passengers still in the vehicle. During this conversation Deputy Murphy located a pink lunchbox that contained several different types of illegal narcotics. The passengers told Deputy Murphy the lunchbox belonged to Ellis. Inside the lunchbox was MDMA, heroin, crack cocaine, methamphetamines and marijuana along with loaded syringes filled with methamphetamines and pipes used to smoke these various types of drugs. The front seat passenger, Jon Secreto (8/3/79) was found to be in possession of drug paraphernalia and he too was arrested.

Ellis was charged with multiple counts of possession of illegal drugs, possession of drug paraphernalia, driving on a suspended license and attaching a tag not assigned to a vehicle. Her bond was set at $475,000.000 and she is still in custody. Secreto was assigned a $2,500 bond for possession of drug paraphernalia.