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Repeat offender arrested for meth, heroin in Gulf Breeze

Repeat offender arrested for meth, heroin in Gulf Breeze

Santa Rosa Sheriff’s deputies arrested a Navarre woman for alleged drug trafficking Oct. 23 after spotting her truck in Gulf Breeze. Joanie Rager has a history of drug arrests with Santa Rosa Sheriff’s Office according to jail records. She was arrested on charges of drug trafficking after deputies say they got a confidential tip that she was […]

Deputies discover 1,700 grams of drugs in car

Deputies discover 1,700 grams of drugs in car

Okaloosa County sheriff’s deputies seized more than 1,700 grams of illegal drugs during a welfare check in Mary Esther Aug. 12. According to a press release, deputies responded to a call to check on a man asleep in a car at a Sonic Drive-in. A man later identified as 29-year-old Stephen Scott Wilson, address unknown, […]

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 […]

Narcotics Unit busts meth, heroin in Milton

Narcotics Unit busts meth, heroin in Milton

Narcotics officers with Santa Rosa County Sheriff’s Office recovered heroin, meth and oxycodone at a home in Milton April 23 during a search on Cherub Circle. One of the residences of the home, Jennifer Holly Campbell, was arrested on drug trafficking charges. According to arrest reports, the Narcotics Unit executed a search warrant at Campbell’s […]

China’s fentanyl crackdown could curb overdoses here

China’s fentanyl crackdown could curb overdoses here

A crackdown on production of the dangerous synthetic opioid fentanyl half a world away could be good news for drug enforcement officers on the streets of Navarre. Chinese President Xi Jinping announced in a press conference April 1 that the country would be outlawing the production of all types of fentanyl. Read the full article […]

Santa Rosa Sheriff: ‘Heroin making strong return’

Santa Rosa Sheriff: ‘Heroin making strong return’

As the guest speaker for the Navarre Beach Area Chamber of Commerce breakfast Friday, Sheriff Bob Johnson gave staggering statistics of drug arrests which include opioids. “Heroin is making a strong return,” Johnson said. Read the full article in the April 4 issue of Navarre Press. Visit https://navarrepress.com/subscribe/ to view subscription options – or sign […]

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 […]

10 Things to Know for Monday

10 Things to Know for Monday

1. SWOLLEN RIVERS NEAR RECORD LEVELS AS FLORENCE LOOMS Catastrophic flooding from Florence spreads across the Carolinas with Wilmington virtually cut off by the deluge and the vast storm system now over several states. 2. HOPE FADES FOR DOZENS TRAPPED IN LANDSLIDES A Philippine mayor says it’s unlikely any of those thought buried in a […]

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 […]

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 […]

Jail offers opioid-blocking drug to curb addiction

Jail offers opioid-blocking drug to curb addiction

For the hundreds of inmates struggling with opioid addiction, Santa Rosa County Jail is offering a solution, free of charge. The jail will cover medication-assisted treatment for a full year, even if the person doesn’t remain incarcerated for the entire 12 months. Read the full article in the April 5 issue of Navarre Press. Visit […]

STOP opioid addiction

STOP opioid addiction

When Gov. Rick Scott declared the opioid abuse epidemic a state health emergency in Florida, thousands of dollars in state and federal moneys became available for treatment facilities. Lakeview Center is expanding their treatment to create a new free opioid treatment program called STOP (State Targeted Opioid Program). Opioids are a class of drugs, often […]

Deputies seize 130 grams of methamphetamine in arrest

Deputies seize 130 grams of methamphetamine in arrest

In an arrest at the Days Inn and Suites on Navarre Parkway, Santa Rosa Sheriff’s deputies seized 130.5 grams of methamphetamine, eight 0.25 mg Xanax tablets, 0.3 grams of marijuana, 0.3 grams of heroin and what appeared to be psychedelic mushrooms. The arrest report indicates the driver, later identified as Edward McElligott of Georgia, was […]

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 […]

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 […]

Additional drug-enforcement funding for county

Additional drug-enforcement funding for county

The I-10 corridor flows through Santa Rosa County, and unfortunately, that means illegal drugs may as well. The proximity of the corridor and other criteria led to Santa Rosa County being added to the Gulf Coast High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area program. There are 32 such programs across the United States, including Hawaii, and in […]