drugs

Navarre man arrested for meth trafficking

Navarre man arrested for meth trafficking

Santa Rosa County Sheriff’s deputies arrested a Navarre man for approximately 59 grams of methamphetamine Aug. 8 in a traffic stop on Highway 87. According to the arrest report, deputies stopped a truck after the driver allegedly ran the stop sign at the intersection of 87 and Bay River Road. Marcus David Singleterry, 34, was […]

Juveniles injured in drug deal gone bad

Juveniles injured in drug deal gone bad

Several juveniles, ranging in age from 12 -17, were injured when their plan to steal drugs from drug dealers went wrong, and they ended up being taken to the hospital. According to a press release by the Santa Rosa Sheriff’s Office, the youths planned the drug robbery over the popular social media app, Snapchat. The […]

Sheriff announces new drug unit

Sheriff announces new drug unit

Santa Rosa County Sheriff Bob Johnson revealed the details of two drug arrests over the weekend in Navarre and the creation of a new narcotics unit during a press conference on Monday. Amy Tomlinson of Gulf Breeze and Sheldon Hutchins of Navarre, former 2012-13 Holley Navarre Water System board member, are both being charged with […]

Navarre traffic stop leads to drugs, deportation

Navarre traffic stop leads to drugs, deportation

Santa Rosa County Sheriff’s deputies made a busted three individuals accused of drug trafficking in a stolen vehicle in Navarre early Tuesday morning. The arrest occurred around 2 a.m. on Reagan Street. Deputies were called to the area on reports of loud music and noise Sheriff Bob Johnson said in press conference. They observed a […]

Update: Deputies looking for suspect in Milton homicide

Update: Deputies looking for suspect in Milton homicide

Santa Rosa Sheriff’s deputies are seeking any information regarding a suspect in the Milton homicide of Tyler Lee Howell Sunday evening near Highway 87. According to sheriff’s office press releases, deputies have identified a black male through video that is a suspect in the case. There are three individuals suspected in the shooting, and it […]

Dealer held responsible for overdose death

Dealer held responsible for overdose death

For the first time in Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office history, a drug dealer was charged and convicted for having a role in the death of someone who overdosed on heroin. Okaloosa County Sheriff Larry Ashley is calling the case a victory. Read the full article in the July 5 issue of Navarre Press. Click here to […]

Faith serves as foothold in climb out of addiction

Faith serves as foothold in climb out of addiction

At age 16 Christopher Dykes walked away from the church without looking back. As he launched out into independence, he also launched into experimentation with illegal substances. Dykes said that for nearly 17 years he tried to fill the void of loneliness with everything from alcohol to marijuana to cocaine. Read the full article in […]

Operation Pay Dirt seizes $7 million in drugs, guns

Operation Pay Dirt seizes $7 million in drugs, guns

Nearly $7 million worth of “poison” is off the street thanks to Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office’s bust of the largest heroin/fentanyl distribution organization in county history. The sheriff’s office also arrested 15 individuals, including convicted felons, in relation to the investigation referred to as Operation Pay Dirt the sheriff’s office announced May 30 during a […]

Minor traffic stop leads to drug bust

Minor traffic stop leads to drug bust

A minor traffic stop for a broken brake light in Milton led to the arrest of a Pensacola man on felony drug trafficking charges. According to Santa Rosa County Sheriff’s office reports, a deputy pulled over a 2002 Chevrolet Camaro Tuesday at around 11 p.m. after observing that the vehicle’s brake light was not working. […]

Man dies after allegedly ingesting cocaine

Man dies after allegedly ingesting cocaine

A Santa Rosa County Jail inmate died Tuesday after allegedly swallowing drugs during a traffic stop. His death is currently under investigation. According to a Santa Rosa County Sheriff’s Office press release, the unnamed man was stopped Monday night for a traffic related incident in Milton. During the traffic stop, the deputy observed the adult […]

Sheriff makes drug arrest

Sheriff makes drug arrest

It’s rarely good news when you get pulled over by a deputy, but getting pulled over by the Sheriff himself is surely worse. And that is what happened March 2 at approximately 9 p.m. in Navarre. Read the full article in the Mar. 8 issue of Navarre Press. Visit www.navarrepress.com/subscribe to view subscription options. Sign […]

Pounds of drugs, guns seized in Milton bust

Pounds of drugs, guns seized in Milton bust

Santa Rosa Sheriff’s deputies seized more than $87,000 worth of drugs, cash and weapons Friday morning from a home in Milton and arrested a man according to a sheriff’s office press release. Antonio Dewayne Davis was taken into custody following a more than 8 months long investigation into the alleged sale of illicit drugs from […]

Man exposes genitals to child in Walmart

Man exposes genitals to child in Walmart

A Colorado man was arrested Wednesday morning in the Gulf Breeze Walmart after he allegedly exposed his genitals to an 8-year-old girl. Jonathan Obrien was seen on surveillance footage following the girl through the store according to a Santa Rosa County Sheriff’s Office report. He appeared to be touching his genitals at the time. He […]

Attempted murder suspect arrested in Gulf Breeze

Attempted murder suspect arrested in Gulf Breeze

A July 14 traffic stop in Gulf Breeze led to the arrest of an attempted murder suspect. According to a police report, a Santa Rosa County Sheriff’s Office deputy observed a vehicle speeding through Gulf Breeze on Highway 98 just before 6 a.m. The deputy initiated a traffic stop for the infraction. During the course […]

Acceleration of drug choices

Acceleration of drug choices

In 2016, Castlight Health did a nationwide study and probed the rates of opioid painkiller abuse in the U.S. cities. What it found might surprise you. Our neighbor to the west, Pensacola, is listed as the 16th most drug addicted city in the country and our neighbor to the east, Panama City is listed as […]

Jones sentenced to 33 years

Jones sentenced to 33 years

Monica Nicole-Gonzalez Jones was sentenced by Circuit Judge Ross Goodman to a total of 33 years in state prison.  Twenty-eight years of that sentence must be served as a minimum mandatory sentence.  Jones will be required to serve 28 years day for day with no gain time. Judge Goodman also ordered Jones to pay a […]

Addiction relapse looms during holiday season

Addiction relapse looms during holiday season

For those who have recovered from addiction to drugs and alcohol, the holidays can be a stressful time rather than a celebration of joy. Between guilt, holiday stress, family pressure and all the difficulties that come along with the season, relapse is more common during his period said Twelve Oaks Recovery Center Community Resource Liaison […]

Drugs are no joke

Drugs are no joke

It can happen to any family, any race, any socio-economic level – no one is immune. Drug addiction destroys lives. “Just SAY NO!” “This is your brain on drugs…” Efforts have been made for decades to educate the public about the downfalls of using and abusing mind-altering substances.  These slogans, while well-meaning, may not say […]

Meth, heroin the drug of choice for Santa Rosa

Meth, heroin the drug of choice for Santa Rosa

In Santa Rosa County, the flavor of the month is crystal methamphetamine. Narcotics officers here face an ever-changing industry of illegally trafficked drugs; shifting preferences by the addicts who use it; and a litany of other crimes all revolving around those controlled substances. The Dec. 8 issue of Navarre Press has a compilation of articles […]

Chemist pleads guilty to stealing drug evidence

Chemist pleads guilty to stealing drug evidence

State Attorney Bill Eddins announced that Joseph Graves, former Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE) chemist charged with racketeering and other offenses, has pleaded guilty today and has been sentenced to 15 years in state prison. The case was brought in 2014 after Escambia County Sheriff’s Office investigators discovered that drug evidence in cases worked […]

Lindsay enters ‘not guilty’ plea

Lindsay enters ‘not guilty’ plea

Christopher Lindsay, the man accused of murdering Gulf Breeze resident Lorie Musil on Nov. 20, entered a written plea of ‘not guilty’ at his arraignment Monday, Jan. 11. Musil’s body was discovered by a Gulf Breeze police sergeant Nov. 23 on the rocks next to the marina where Lindsay’s boat was docked behind the Bridge […]

Navarre teen arrested on drugs and weapon charges

Navarre teen arrested on drugs and weapon charges

A Navarre teen, James Taylor, 18, and his accomplice Tristan Turner, 17, were arrested Nov. 30 in Milton on various felony charges including using a weapon in the commission of a felony, intent to sell marijuana and larceny. According to the arrest reports, a Santa Rosa Sheriff’s Office deputy was transporting two people to jail […]

Deputies’ good deed leads to arrest

Deputies’ good deed leads to arrest

On Nov. 16 two deputies stopped to help a truck disabled in the front of Circle K on Navarre Parkway. But according to an arrest report, that’s when the truck owner’s luck went from bad to worse. Klaus Hofmann produced his driver’s license to deputies upon request told them his privileges were suspended. He consented […]

Expired tag leads to drug charges

Expired tag leads to drug charges

Christopher Alexander Lindsay of Navarre was stopped by Gulf Breeze Police for an expired tag on Sunday, Nov. 15. The police report filed says that when the officer asked for Lindsay’s driver license, he said he didn’t have it. Through a system check, the officer discovered that Lindsay’s license was revoked for 60 months in […]

Man dressed as clown steals narcotics

Man dressed as clown steals narcotics

On Oct. 28, Pensacola Police Department officers were dispatched to Select Specialty Hospital in Pensacola in response to a report of a burglary in which narcotics were stolen. The report states the narcotics were reported missing at 8:45 a.m. and had last been seen at 6:55 p.m., the previous evening. The narcotics had been removed […]

Students cite lack of extra-curriculars, jobs, relationships as fuel for drug use at NHS

Students cite lack of extra-curriculars, jobs, relationships as fuel for drug use at NHS

“It’s quiet on the outside,” Stephanie Richards, Navarre High School Students Against Destructive Decisions treasurer said of the school. “We definitely have a drug problem here.” Using and selling drugs, including prescription pills, marijuana and even acid, is common at the school according to Richards and SADD president Jewels Rivera. “Just last year I had […]

Man swallows pills during traffic stop

Man swallows pills during traffic stop

A Navarre man on probation for felony battery was arrested Sunday after taking Xanax pills he was in possession of during a traffic stop, according to a Florida Highway Patrol arrest report. Jonathan Schneider, 19, was traveling in a Toyota 4Runner on Avalon Boulevard in Milton when he was stopped for speeding. To read more, subscribe online or […]