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LCSO arrests man suspected
of sex crimes against children

William Luther Hodson suspected of sex crimes against children in Levy County Florida

 

 


William Luther Hodson
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By Levy County Undersheriff Brett Beauchamp
Published Oct. 22, 2020 at 3:10 p.m.
     BRONSON --
On Wednesday (Oct. 21), detectives with the Levy County Sheriff’s Office arrested William Luther Hodson, 29, of Archer on five counts of sex crimes committed against minors in Levy County.

 

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     Hodson is being held at the Levy County Detention Center (Jail) on combined bonds of $2 million.
     Evidence shows that Hodson engaged in unlawful sexual acts with multiple victims younger than 18 years old. The offenses occurred in the Bronson area during 2020.
     Evidence shows that Hodson had been in a custodial relationship with at least one victim. Hodson was charged with three counts of lewd and lascivious molestation, one count of sexual battery by a person in familial or custodial authority, and one count of child abuse.
     The LCSO and other involved agencies have taken steps to provide for the safety and follow-up care for the victims.
     Any individuals who may have information regarding other potential victims are asked to contact the LCSO at 352-486-5111 or 9-1-1. Reports can also be made anonymously through CrimeStoppers at 1-877-349-8477.
     The LCSO acknowledges and appreciates the assistance of personnel from the Levy County School Board and the Florida Department of Children and Families during this investigation.

 


Three-vehicle crash
leaves one dead in Levy County

By Jeff M. Hardison © Oct. 21, 2020 at 8:10 p.m.
     LEVY COUNTY –
A 53-year-old man from Morriston died early Wednesday morning (Oct. 21) in a three-vehicle crash, the Florida Highway Patrol said in a press release sent via email at 6:07 p.m. Wednesday.
      As of May of 2020, the Florida Highway Patrol stopped providing names of people, or the make, model and year of vehicles involved in crashes as part of its press releases.
     The FHP used to provide those public records.
     The FHP and other law enforcement agencies in Florida are abiding by a version of something known as “Marcy’s Law” allegedly to protect victims of crimes. The Florida version of “Marcy’s Law” was adopted after Florida voters chose to change the Florida Constitution to exempt more public records from view.
     Each year, more public records become excluded from public view.
     The Florida interpretation of Marsy’s Law deprives the public of information that long had been made available under Florida’s open public records law.
     Although not every vehicle crash involves crime victims, which appears to have been the legislative intent of the law approved by voters, the FHP adopted the blanket exclusion of some information as part of its process in sending press releases.
     As for the crash at 6:28 a.m. on Oct. 21, a sedan driven by a 35-year-old man from Dunnellon was northbound on U.S. Highway 41 near Southeast Second Street, the FHP said.
     The 53-year-old man from Morriston was driving a motorcycle in front of that vehicle, the FHP said.
     The motorcyclist was slowing to turn left into a driveway, the FHP said.
     The sedan driven by the man from Dunnellon struck the rear of the motorcycle driven by the man from Morriston, the FHP said.
     The man from Morriston was ejected from the motorcycle he was driving, the FHP said.
     A semi tractor-trailer driven by a 28-year-old man from Bell was southbound on U.S. 41, the FHP said, and the semi struck the man from Morriston, who was pronounced dead on the scene.
     The driver from Dunnellon suffered minor injuries, the FHP said. The driver from Bell suffered no injuries, the FHP said.
     The FHP also no longer reports if any person was charged with any traffic violation or any crime in its press releases.

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DCADC helps DCSO
catch alleged meth seller

James A. Smith III Suspected Meth Trafficker in Dixie County Florida

 

 

James A. Smith III
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By Jeff M. Hardison
© Oct. 19, 2020 at 5:10 p.m.
     DIXIE COUNTY –
The Dixie County Anti-Drug Coalition (DCADC) gave the Dixie County Sheriff’s Office (DCSO) money from a grant to help the county government’s law enforcement agency purchase equipment, and to pay overtime for deputies working on drug deals, according to information in a Monday (Oct. 19) press release from Dixie County Sheriff’s office Maj. Scott Harden.
     The Dixie County Anti-Drug Coalition has been working closely with community partners to eliminate the illicit use of drugs in Dixie County, Maj. Harden said. Through their partnerships with various community organizations, including the Dixie County Sheriff’s Office, the DCADC targets areas of rehabilitation, counseling, and enforcement, Harden said.
     This past weekend (Oct. 17 and 18), while two deputies were working an overtime detail funded through the DCADC, a traffic stop produced results in the DCSO’s drug enforcement effort, Harden said.
     During this stop, one of the vehicle’s occupants told deputies about an individual who was holding a large amount of methamphetamine, Harden said. After the occupant agreed to work with DCSO officials, an investigator was called to work with the subject, Harden said.
     The subject completed a controlled purchase of methamphetamine from the suspect, Harden said. That suspect had an active Violation of Probation (VOP) arrest warrant, too, Harden said.
     After making the purchase, Harden said, the investigator traveled to the on-call judge to have a search warrant signed while deputies secured the home and the suspect -- James A. Smith III.
     During the search of Smith’s home, several items were found -- including firearms, drug equipment and more than four ounces of crystal methamphetamine valued at over $12,000, Harden said.
     Smith, 45, of Old Town, who has several previous felony convictions, was arrested for trafficking in methamphetamine; sales of methamphetamine;, possession of drug equipment; possession of MDMA (also known as Ecstasy); four counts of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon; and two counts of VOP, Harden said.

 


FAA, NTSB investigate
fatal plane crash

By Sgt. Paul Bloom
Public Information Director
Marion County Sheriff’s Office

Published Oct. 15, 2020 at 3:10 p.m.
     MARION COUNTY --
In the early morning hours of Wednesday (Oct. 14), Marion County Sheriff’s Office (MCSO) deputies and detectives responded to a call for a downed aircraft in the area of the Ocala National Forest.
     MCSO’s aviation unit responded and located the downed aircraft in a very remote area near Orange Springs. The remote location of the crash site made access difficult.
     Investigators finally reached the small, single-engine, private plane and discovered the pilot, who was the sole occupant, to be dead. The pilot has been identified as John Toole Jr., 65.
     Investigators believe that Toole may have been attempting to land at a nearby, private airstrip when the crash occurred. Federal investigators are currently investigating what may have caused the crash.


K-9 Detects Drugs;
Two Get Busted

2 Dixie County Drug Suspects
A K-9 alert during a traffic stop on Thursday night (Oct. 8). Two individuals were arrested for possession of a methamphetamine, possession of less than 20 grams of marijuana and possession of drug equipment. Those arrested were Catherine B. Moore, 34, and Jacob R. Kelly, 28, both of Old Town.
Published Oct. 13, 2020 at 5:10 p.m.

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Suspected burglar caught by LCSO deputy’s investigative skills

 

 


Everette Warren Muth
Mug Shot By LCSO

 


By LCSO Lt. Scott Tummond
Published
October 13, 2020 at 4:10 p.m.
     BRONSON
-- Deputy Ryan Sullivan is assigned temporarily to the Levy County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigations Division, and he showcased his investigative skills quickly by solving two open burglary cases where no suspect had been previously identified.
     Deputy Sullivan was assigned to investigate a September burglary where the victim reported over $4,000 worth of property had been stolen.
     Deputy Sullivan spoke to the burglary victim and was told an unknown person made an unauthorized Amazon purchase on his account. The purchase was tracked to the home of Everette Warren Muth, 56, on Northwest 113th Place in Chiefland. Deputy Sullivan was able to further identify Muth was the only suspect by locating a pawned item in Ocala that was positively identified by the victim as being stolen from his home during the burglary.
     Deputy Sullivan secured a search warrant for Muth’s home.
     Additional stolen property from this burglary was found during the search and Muth was arrested on Oct. 9 and booked on Oct. 10. The search uncovered stolen property from a second unsolved burglary as well. Charges on this case are being drafted.
     Muth has a multi-state felony career and is currently on parole in the State of Tennessee. Muth was booked in at the Levy County Detention Facility (also known as the Levy County Jail) and his bond has been set at $30,000.


3-month-old
child abuse victim dies

 

 

 


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By Brittney Carman
CCSO Community Relations Specialist
Published Oct. 12, 2020 at 9:10 a.m.
     CITRUS COUNTY –
On Friday (Oct. 9), Citrus County Sheriff's Office's Detective Tiffany Barry with the Special Victims Unit arrested 36-year-old Jessica Figueroa of Merritt Island for the death of 3-month-old David Figueroa-Philip.
     "As I said in Figueroa's initial arrest, it is never easy for our office to work cases of this nature," Citrus County Sheriff Mike Prendergast said. "It becomes even more challenging when the precious child our detectives work so diligently to help passes. May this child rest in peace and may the judge presiding over this case show no mercy towards Figueroa and the brutal harm she inflicted upon this defenseless victim.
     In the early morning hours of Friday, Oct. 2, 3-month-old David Figueroa-Philip died due to traumatic injuries resulting from child abuse. David was hospitalized on the morning of Sept. 28 after deputies responded to a call for service and located him with multiple bruises and swelling on his face and head.
     Although breathing, the child was not alert or responsive. Figueroa later admitted to striking the infant numerous times throughout the prior weekend, causing the injuries doctors determined to be abusive in nature.
     Medical staff worked tirelessly to try and stabilize David for several days. Unfortunately, the injuries he sustained at the hands of Figueroa were too severe and he tragically passed away. Detective Barry continued to monitor David's status up until his death and gathered the needed medical documentation to further charge Figueroa for the abuse that ultimately took his life.
     Figueroa, who was still in custody at the Citrus County Detention Facility for her Sept. 28 aggravated child abuse and child neglect arrest, is now charged with aggravated manslaughter of a child with an additional bond of $30,000.
     The CCSO would like to remind everyone, if you see something, say something. Child abuse can be reported by calling the Florida Department of Children and Families at 1-800-962-2873.

 


Yankeetown man
allegedly murders father

Walter Alexander Dyals of Yankeetown Florida suspected of killing his father

 

 


Walter Alexander Dyals
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By Levy County Undersheriff Brett Beauchamp
Published Oct. 10, 2020 at 3:10 p.m.
     LEVY COUNTY --
The Levy County Sheriff’s Office responded to two 9-1-1 calls on Friday night (Oct. 9) at appropriately 8:39 p.m. to 35 63rd St. in Yankeetown.
     The 9-1-1 callers reported a person at this address had been murdered.
     Deputies arrived and located Walter Alexander Dyals, 25, who immediately confessed to killing his father, whom he lives with at this address.
     Dyals was taken into custody. Detectives learned the father and son had been involved in a heated argument earlier in the evening and Dyals stabbed his father in the chest.
     Dyals has been arrested and booked in at the Levy County Detention Facility (also known as the Levy County Jail) where he will he held pending his first appearance on the charge of first degree premeditated murder.

 


Former Evergreen Elementary School teacher arrested for lewd and lascivious molestation;
MCSO looks for more victims
Ruby Sanchez Rodgriguez suspected child sex criminal  Ocala Florida

 

 


Ruby Sanchez‐Rodriguez
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Sgt. Paul Bloom
Public Information Office Director
Published Oct. 10, 2020 at 3:10 p.m.
     MARION COUNTY -- 
On Friday (Oct. 9), Marion County Sheriff’s Office (MCSO) Detective Frank Scala arrested Christina Ruby Sanchez‐Rodriguez, 32, of Ocala for lewd and lascivious molestation on a former student of hers at Evergreen Elementary
School.
     Detectives received information that approximately two years ago Sanchez had molested one of her 6‐year‐old students at Evergreen Elementary after her victim recently became upset when he noticed Sanchez would be teaching one of his family members.
     When asked, the victim confided in a family friend stating that Sanchez had touched his private areas on numerous occasions and didn’t want the family member to go through it too. The victim stated Sanchez had told him not to tell anyone, and stated she liked him like a “boyfriend.”
     When the victim would tell Sanchez that he did not want her touching him, she would get upset and ignore him in class.
     During interviews with staff and family members, detectives learned that Sanchez would take the victim out of lunch and bring him back to her classroom. During class, she would allow him to play on her phone under her desk, and she would show the victim special attention. The victim had come home with gifts that Sanchez would buy him, and she would want to take him out to “fun places” such as mall or to meet a famous athlete.
     Due to this behavior, the victim was removed from Sanchez’s class, and when she found out she quit her job as a teacher at Evergreen Elementary School.
     Due to the victim’s statements and witness statements, Sanchez was arrested and booked into the Marion County Jail, where she is being held on a $25,000 bond.
     Statements given during this investigation have caused concern of the high probability that Sanchez may have more victims. Detectives are asking anyone who knows about a child that could be a victim of Sanchez to please contact Detective Scala at 352-368‐3548.

 


FDLE arrests Perry man
for child pornography
and animal cruelty

By Gretl Plessinger, Jessica Cary or Jeremy Burns
of the FDLE Office of Public Information
Published Oct. 6, 2020 at 5:10 p.m.
     PERRY –
Agents with the Florida Department of Law Enforcement arrested William Nicholous Williams, 26, of 1049 W. Davis Walker Road, Perry, on 10 counts of possession of child pornography and one count of animal cruelty, sexual contact with an animal.
     The Taylor County Sheriff’s Office assisted with the investigation.
     The investigation began after agents received a cyber tip from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children about child pornography being uploaded to the internet from a computer in Williams' home.
     The images and videos depicted female children under the age of 10.  Williams is also charged with animal cruelty after agents found videos of Williams engaged in sexual acts with his dog.
     Williams was arrested yesterday (Monday, Oct. 5) and booked into the Taylor County Jail. The Office of the Third Judicial Circuit State Attorney will prosecute this case.
     For tips on keeping your children safe online, visit the Secure Florida website at: https://www.secureflorida.org/SF/Family-Safety/BPParents.

 


DCSO reels in
suspected drug law violators

Suspected Drug Law Violators In Dixie County Florida HardisonInk.com
The four people above are among the people sojourning through the Dixie County Jail as a result of deputies finding reasonable cause to have them answer for allegedly violating Florida drug laws, according to records.

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By Jeff M. Hardison © Oct. 5, 2020 at 11:10 p.m.
     DIXIE COUNTY –
Most law enforcement officers say that illegal drug abuse is a significant factor in the world of crime.
     Mental health professionals often wonder which came first – drug abuse or mental health issues?
     In any event, the Dixie County Sheriff’s Office from Thursday (Oct. 1) through Sunday (Oct. 4) brought in at least four people suspected of drug crimes, as well as arresting and charging a number of other suspects during the past week, according to records.
     In press releases sent Monday (Oct. 5), Dixie County Sheriff’s Office Maj. Scott Harden sent the following information about these four suspected criminals.

Jolyn Myers
     Shortly after 10 p.m. on Sunday night of (Oct. 4), a DCSO deputy stopped a vehicle on U.S. highway 19 for faulty equipment. As the deputy was running the vehicle and driver information, a K-9 deputy arrived on the scene of the traffic stop.
     During a subsequent search of the vehicle, deputies found syringes, one of the which was loaded with methamphetamine, three smoking pipes and a small amount of marijuana.
     As a result of these findings, the driver, Jolynn Myers, 33 of Lucedale, Alabama, was arrested and charged with possession of a controlled substance (methamphetamine), possession of less than 20 grams of marijuana and possession of drug equipment.

Angel Rogers

     Very early Saturday morning (Oct. 3), shortly after 2 a.m., a deputy stopped a vehicle in Old Town for a speeding violation. Shortly after the stop was made, a K-9 deputy arrived on the scene. During a subsequent search of the vehicle, deputies found methamphetamine and heroin along with syringes and smoking pipes.
     As a result of these findings, Angel R. Rogers, 36, of Old Town, was arrested and charged with possession of a methamphetamine, possession of heroin and possession of drug equipment.

Garrett Sikes
     While on a traffic stop on Thursday (Oct. 1) on Southeast 136th Avenue, a DCSO deputy smelled the odor of marijuana and after verifying that the driver, Garrett Sikes, 27, did not possess a medical marijuana card, the deputy conducted a search.
     During the search, the deputy found more than 20 grams of marijuana, a cut straw and oxycodone hydrochloride.
     Sikes of Old Town was arrested and charged with possession of oxycodone hydrochloride, possession of more than 20 grams of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Lawrence Zippel
     Shortly after 8 p.m. on Saturday night (Oct. 3), a deputy stopped a car on U.S. Highway 19 for an equipment violation.
     During the traffic stop, the deputy obtained the right to search the vehicle and its contents.
     While conducting the search of the vehicle, the deputy found a container that contained syringes and methamphetamine.
     As a result, Lawrence C. Zippel, 54, of Owingsville, Kentucky, was arrested and charged with possession of methamphetamine and possession of drug equipment.

 


Cross City men
charged with burglary

Suspected Burglars In Dixie County Florida
Michael Huffman (left) and Dylan Mize

Mug Shots By DCSO

By DCSO Maj. Scott Harden
Published Oct. 5, 2020 at 9:10 p.m.
     DIXIE COUNTY –
Two Cross City men were charged with burglary of a structure, grand theft and two counts of tampering with evidence.
     On Sept. 22, the Dixie County Sheriff’s Office received a complaint about the theft of two Zero-Turn mowers from a local business. On Saturday morning (Oct. 3), the owner of the business called and said that someone had come to him with information about the theft of the mowers.
     When deputies arrived, they obtained this information and then verified this information. Deputies and the owner then went to the location where the mowers were reportedly hidden and they located both stolen mowers.
     Later Saturday afternoon as the investigation continued, deputies arrested two men in connection with the theft.
     Michael Huffman, 22, and Dylan Mize, 19, both of Cross City, were charged with burglary of a structure, grand theft and two counts of tampering with evidence.

 


Kissimmee man charged
with firearms violations

Raymond Yerby suspected of firearms law violations Dixie County HardisonInk.com

 


Raymond Yerby
Mug Shot By DCSO

 


By Jeff M. Hardison
© Oct. 5, 2020 at 9:10 p.m.
     DIXIE COUNTY –
A 60-year-old man from Kissimmee was put in the Dixie County Jail after deputies found reason to believe he violated laws related to firearms – including attempted robbery while armed, according to information provided Monday (Oct. 5) by Dixie County Sheriff’s Office Maj. Scott Harden.
     Raymond Yerby, 60 of Kissimmee, was arrested and charged with attempted robbery while armed, discharge of a firearm in public, use of a firearm while under the influence, Maj. Harden said. Repeated calls to 9-1-1 drew attention to the man, Harden said.
     It was Wednesday morning (Sept. 30) shortly before 1 a.m., Harden said, when deputies responded to a Cross City motel in reference to repeated 9-1-1 calls.
     When deputies arrived, they found the caller who told them that someone had “hacked” his phone and was calling 9-1-1, Harden said.
     While speaking with Yerby, he reached into his back pocket and pulled out a handgun, Harden said. One of the deputies immediately grabbed his hand and turned it away from himself and the other deputies while disarming him, Harden said.
     The deputies spoke with other motel guests who said that Yerby had pulled a handgun on them and attempted to take a necklace from one of them earlier, Harden said.
     On Tuesday night (Sept. 29), Yerby had attempted to load the handgun, Harden said, when he discharged a round into the motel floor accidently, Harden said.
     Yerby was arrested and charged as noted above.

 


Investigators working leads
in 46-year-old
Dixie County homicide case


By Gretl Plessinger, Jessica Cary or Jeremy Burns
of the FDLE Office of Public Information
Published Oct. 5, 2020 at 2:10 p.m.
     CROSS CITY –
Dixie County’s oldest, and one of FDLE’s oldest, unsolved homicide happened 46 years ago this month.
     The 1974 murder of James Norris, whose body was found in Dixie County, remains an active case with new leads coming into investigators and interviews about the case being conducted.
     If you have information about the murder of James Norris, please contact FDLE Tallahassee at (800) 342-0820 or Dixie County Sheriff’s Office at 352-498-1245 or 352-498-1231 ext. 0.


Background
     On the morning of Oct. 4, 1974, San Francisco resident James Norris arrived by commercial flight in Miami.  He was traveling under the alias Richard Gunning. The investigation shows that Norris traveled to Citrus County, to purchase marijuana from an organization operating in that county. The investigation has uncovered the names of members of that organization.
     Norris was carrying a large amount of cash with the intention of purchasing Columbian-grade marijuana that was not at the time available in California. That afternoon, Norris mailed a postcard to his family from Inglis (Levy County). That was the last contact his family had with him.
     On April 16, 1976, a bulldozer operator cutting through the woods off U.S. Highway 19 in northern Dixie County, near the Taylor County line, came upon skeletal remains.
     The body remained unidentified until 2011 when advances in DNA allowed the remains of James Norris to be positively identified. 
     The Norris family has established a website and Facebook page with more information about their search for what happened to James Norris, http://www.whokilledjamesnorris.com/Home.html.

 


Two Pinellas County residents
die in head-on crash
in Dixie County

By Jeff M. Hardison © Oct. 4, 2020 at 8:10 p.m.
     DIXIE COUNTY –
Two people from Seminole (Pinellas County) died Sunday morning (Oct. 4) when their vehicles hit each other left-front to left-front, according to information in a press release from the Florida Highway Patrol.
     As of May of 2020, the Florida Highway Patrol stopped providing names of people, or the make, model and year of vehicles involved in crashes as part of its press releases. The FHP used to provide those public records.
     The FHP and other law enforcement agencies in Florida are abiding by a version of something known as “Marcy’s Law” allegedly to protect victims of crimes. The Florida version of “Marcy’s Law” was adopted after Florida voters chose to change the state constitution to exempt more public records from view.
     The Florida interpretation of Marsy’s Law deprives the public of information that had long been made available under Florida’s open public records law.
     Although not every vehicle crash involves crime victims, which would be the legislative intent of the law approved by voters, the FHP adopted the blanket exclusion of some information as part of its process in sending press releases.
     A sedan was northbound in the southbound lane Dixie County Highway 349 near 484th Avenue at 8:55 a.m. on Oct. 4, the FHP said, and it was attempting to pass another vehicle. That sedan was driven by a 34-year-old man from Seminole, the FHP said.
     Another sedan was being driven by a 37-year-old woman from Seminole, the FHP said, and it was traveling southbound in the southbound lane of Dixie County Highway 349.
     Most counties label those roads as county roads, but Dixie County calls them highways.
     The man failed to observe the sedan being driven by the woman, the FHP said, resulting in the left front of one sedan striking the left front of the other sedan.
     The sedan driven by the man came to final rest partially across both the northbound and southbound lanes on Highway 349, facing east. The sedan driven by the woman came to final rest on the western shoulder of Highway 349, facing northeast, the FHP said.
     Both drivers died, the FHP said.
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Man arrested
for attempted murder

Sidney Benton suspected criminal Marion County Florida Citrus County Florida

 

 

 

 

 

 


Sidney Benton
 

 

 

 

 

 


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By Jodi Sanders
CCSO Community Relations Specialist
Published Oct. 1, 2020 at 9:10 a.m.
     CITRUS COUNTY --
On Monday (Sept. 28), Citrus County Sheriff's Office (CCSO) deputies were dispatched to a residence in Inverness regarding a drive-by shooting.
     Dispatch relayed to the responding deputies the suspect's vehicle had fled the scene and no one inside the home was injured.
     Once on scene, deputies observed multiple bullet holes on the exterior of the victim's residence and vehicle. Detective Mike Laborda and Sgt. Chris Holloway with the CCSO Major Crimes Unit responded and began an investigation.
     One victim at the residence stated earlier in the day, while in Marion County, she had been involved in an altercation over narcotics with suspect Sidney Benton, 33, and another female Marion County resident.
     The victim informed detectives the woman from the previous incident drove to her residence in Inverness and demanded property she believed the victim had. The victim and another male occupant of the residence told the female to leave.
     As the female began to enter the vehicle in which she arrived, many gunshots were fired by a male standing next to the same dark-colored vehicle. The victim believed the shooter was Benton, and the vehicle was later located at Benton's home in Marion County.
     Citrus and Marion County Sheriff’s Office detectives worked together to apprehend Benton near his home. Citrus County arrest warrants for Benton were issued on charges of attempted murder, shooting into an occupied dwelling, and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. Benton remains in custody at the Marion County Jail with no bond. Benton faces numerous felony charges in Marion County for the altercation, which occurred prior to the Citrus County incident.
     "Illegal narcotics are a danger to our whole community. In this case, drug activity escalated to a firearm being discharged in a residential area, which could have had fatal consequences," Citrus County Sheriff Mike Prendergast said. "Detective Laborda's diligence and cooperation with our partners at the Marion County Sheriff's Office removed a violent offender from the streets, making both our communities safer."

 


CF dean of criminal justice
appointed to
statewide commission

Published Sept. 30, 2020 at 9:10 p.m.
     OCALA —
Dr. Charles “Mac” McIntosh, dean of Criminal Justice and Public Service at the College of Central Florida, has been appointed by Gov. Ron DeSantis to the statewide Florida Criminal Justice Standards and Training Commission for an initial four-year term effective immediately.
     The commission’s mission is to ensure that all citizens of Florida are served by criminal justice officers who are ethical, qualified and well-trained.
     There are 19 members representing all fields and agencies in criminal justice around the state.
     “We are proud to have Dr. McIntosh represent our college and community,” said Dr. Mark Paugh, vice president of Academic Affairs at CF. “He exemplifies the standards of professionalism, and his experience as a practitioner and educator will be a valuable asset to this commission and the field of criminal justice.”
     McIntosh is a former reserve officer with the Ocala Police Department, a former deputy with the Marion County Sheriff’s Office and former captain with the Florida Department of Corrections. He currently serves as a reserve deputy with the Marion County Sheriff’s Office. McIntosh is a CF alumnus, earning a Bachelor of Applied Science in Business and Organizational Management, Public Safety Specialization in 2013, as well as a Master of Science in Criminal Justice from the University of Central Florida and a Doctorate of Education in Educational Leadership and Management from Capella University.
      “I am thankful for another opportunity to serve our community,” McIntosh said. “It is my goal to make sure that our officers are getting the best training available in order to give the citizens of Florida the best service available. We strive to be the role model for criminal justice in our country.”
     More information on the Commission is found at
https://www.fdle.state.fl.us/CJSTC/Commission/CJSTC-Home.aspx.

 


Suspected bike thieves
accused of burglary;

Woman charged with drug crimes too
Suspected bike thieves in Dixie County HardisonInk.com
Mallory Parrott (left) and James Jones

Mug Shots By DCSO

By Jeff M. Hardison © Sept. 30, 2020 at 8:10 p.m.
     DIXIE COUNTY --
A man and woman are suspected of being bicycle thieves as well as burglars, according to information in a press release from Dixie County Sheriff’s Office Maj. Scott Harden.
     The woman is also charged with possessing illegal drugs, Harden said.
     On Sunday, Sept. 20, a DCSO deputy was dispatched to an address off of Southeast 837th Street in Old Town, Harden said.
     When the deputy arrived, he spoke with the alleged victim who reportedly had a bicycle stolen from his residence within the past few hours before the deputy arrived.
     The owner provided a description of the bicycle to the deputy and said the bicycle was worth several hundred dollars. While the deputy was in the neighborhood, Harden said, he questioned some residents as to whether they had seen anyone with a bike of that description.
     One resident said they had seen a man and woman a few hours earlier with a bicycle fitting that description, Harden said, and the witness told the deputy that those two people had gone onto an abandoned piece of property.
     The deputy then went to this location, Harden said, and that is where he found Mallory Parrott, 30, and James Jones, 33, both of Old Town hiding in a shed on the property.
     Found near the shed was the bicycle that had been reported as stolen, Harden said. Both Parrott and Jones were arrested for the theft of the bicycle and burglary to the shed, Harden said.
     Parrott was subsequently charged with possession of a heroin and possession of methamphetamine, Harden said, after the deputy discovered these items contained in her personal belongings.

 


Burglary suspect arrested
suspected burglar in Dixie County  HardisonInk.com

 

 


Eric P. Botner
Mugshot By DCSO

 


By Jeff M. Hardison
© Sept. 30, 2020 at 7:10 a.m.
     DIXIE COUNTY –
A 53-year-old man from Old Town was arrested charged with burglary of a structure, petit theft, resisting an officer without violence and trespassing in an unoccupied structure after a deputy responded to a call for help, according to information in a press release from Dixie County Sheriff’s Office Maj. Scott Harden.
     On the afternoon of Sept. 21, the DCSO received a call from a female who said that her camera system on her property in Dixie County had captured someone on her property, Maj. Harden said. 
     A deputy went to the property on Northeast 424th Avenue in Old Town. When the deputy arrived at the property, he found the gate to the driveway locked, Harden said, and climbed the fence to gain access to the property.
     While walking up the driveway, he saw a man carrying a camouflage backpack flee from one of the structures that was on the property.
     The deputy identified himself and gave several commands for the suspect to stop, Harden said. When he continued to flee, the deputy chased the man by running after him, Harden said.
     The suspect finally surrendered after crossing a fence about 300 yards from where he fled, Harden said. The suspect was then identified as Eric P. Botner, 53, of Old Town, who was arrested and charged as noted above.

 


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FBI Jacksonville provides public
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By PAO Amanda Warford Videll
FBI Jacksonville
Sent Sept. 23, 2020
Published Sept. 28, 2020 at 9:10 a.m.
     JACKSONVILLE --
With the 2020 election just 40 days away, the FBI is encouraging the public to take steps now to help guard against foreign influence and disinformation campaigns.
      “We are providing this guidance to the public so everyone can make their own informed decisions about what they view, read, and share on social media,” said FBI Jacksonville Special Agent in Charge Rachel L. Rojas. “We all have a role to play to protect our voices and the sanctity of our elections.”
FOREIGN INFLUENCE THREAT
     Foreign adversaries, including Russia and China, and foreign-aligned groups are trying to illegally influence American political processes. Malign foreign influence operations are designed to undermine confidence in our democratic institutions. Three common foreign influence methods are:
     • Cyberattacks against political campaigns and government infrastructure.
     • Secret funding or influence operations to help or harm a person or cause.
     • Disinformation campaigns on social media platforms that confuse, trick, or upset the public.


HOW THE FBI IS COMBATTING FOREIGN INFLUENCE
     • The FBI’s Foreign Influence Task Force (FITF) works to identify and counteract malign foreign influence operations targeting the United States.
     • The FBI is working closely with interagency, and state and local partners to better understand the threat, to share intelligence, and — ultimately — to detect, disrupt, and deter our adversaries.
     • The FBI has also established relationships with a variety of social media and technology companies and maintains an ongoing dialogue to enable a quick exchange of threat information.
     • The FBI has election crime coordinators in each local field office, including the Jacksonville Division, to assess and address potential threats to the primaries and general election and ensure your constitutional rights are protected.


WHAT THE PUBLIC CAN DO
     • Maintain a general awareness that foreign adversaries seek to deepen divisions in the United States. They may be counting on you to forward information that you don’t know to be accurate.
     • Before sharing information, check the origin including the ideology and motivation of the source, and seek out multiple sources to make informed judgements. Be aware of your own assumptions and biases, and how a foreign adversary may choose to manipulate them.
     • Be aware that social media provides adversaries with a way to connect easily and anonymously. Know your contacts and followers before forming a relationship.
     • Beware of “deep fakes.” Emerging technology used to generate “deep fakes” — advanced synthetic audio and video generated through artificial intelligence — may mimic authentic communications in a manner that is hard to detect and to counter. “Deep fakes” may be able to elicit a range of responses which can compromise election security. The FBI has been working with the private sector to get ahead of this issue.
     • Check your polling information before election day to ensure the information you receive about your ballot, polling location, or other general information are sourced to official government websites.
     • Report suspicious online activity to social media platforms. Check the respective site for reporting procedures.
     • Report suspicious voter activity to the FBI. The public can report all suspicious activity to the FBI Jacksonville Division at https://tips.fbi.gov/ or by calling 904-248-7000.
     The FBI’s Protected Voices initiative provides tools and resources to political campaigns, companies and individuals to protect against online foreign influence operations and cybersecurity threats. To see that information, please click HERE.

 

ATM skimming group
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By Amanda Videll
Public Affairs Officer
FBI Jacksonville
Published Sept. 25, 2020 at 4:10 p.m.
     JACKSONVILLE –
United States Attorney Maria Chapa Lopez announces the unsealing of an indictment charging Adrian Kiraly, also known as  “Bighi,”Andrei Andrei, also known as  “Tony,” Bogdan Ardei, Nelu Onica, Vergiu Corneliu Galbenu, also known as  “Cornel,” Ovidiu Meczak, also known as  “Ovi,” Nedal Al-Khomos, Ovidiu Gabriel Musteata, and Doru Maris with conspiracy to commit access device fraud.
     If convicted, each faces a maximum penalty of seven years and six months. The indictment also notifies the defendants that the United States is seeking a money judgment in the amount of $112,780, the proceeds of the offense.
     According to the indictment, between March 2019 and June 2020, the defendants stole debit/credit card information and funds from victims by placing skimmers on ATMs.
     After they removed the skimmers, the defendants downloaded the stolen account numbers and PIN numbers and re-encoded that data onto blank cards, thereby creating counterfeit or unauthorized debit or credit cards. The conspirators installed skimming devices and/or conducted these “cash out” operations in Florida, Louisiana, Georgia, Mississippi and New York. 
     An indictment is merely a formal charge that a defendant has committed one or more violations of federal criminal law, and every defendant is presumed innocent unless, and until, proven guilty.
     This case was investigated by Federal Bureau of Investigation, with assistance from the United States Secret Service. It will be prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Julie Hackenberry.

 


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By Jeff M. Hardison © Sept. 25, 2020 at 9:10 a.m.
     BRONSON --
Detectives with the Levy County Sheriff’s Office located and arrested Bonnie Gray, 31, of Otter Creek and her associate Tina Marie Romano, 30, of Winter Garden at the conclusion of this investigation, LCSO Lt. Scott Tummond noted in a press release Thursday (Sept. 24).
     Gray has been charged with multiple charges to include escape, aggravated battery on a law enforcement officer and resisting arrest with violence. Her bond has been set at $1,080,000, Tummond noted.
     Romano was charged with resisting arrest without violence and her bond has been set at $50,000, Tummond noted.

 


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By Jeff M. Hardison © Sept. 23, 2020 at 4:10 p.m.
     BRONSON –
A 31-year-old woman slipped out of handcuffs while she was in the back of a Levy County Sheriff’s Office cruiser, and then she went to the front seat, drove the vehicle until it crashed and then escaped on foot, according to information sent by LCSO Lt. Scott Tummond, public information officer.
     Bonnie Jeanne Gray, 31, drove the cruiser and hit a deputy, who suffered injuries, was taken to a hospital, and was treated and released, Tummond said in a Thursday (Sept. 23) press release.
     At about 1:30 p.m. on Thursday afternoon (Sept. 23), LCSO Det. Tim Rogers was the lead investigator to find Gray, Lt. Tummond said. The woman was located
off of a road --Wolf Arbor Road -- in Goethe State Forest, Tummond said in a telephone interview Thursday afternoon.
     Gray will face charges as a result of her actions, and she will face Levy County Court Judge J.T. “Tim” Browning on Friday morning to learn about those charges, as well as potentially have bond set.
     The incident that wrapped up with Det. Rogers finding Gary on Thursday afternoon began on Tuesday night (Sept. 22), at approximately 11:54 p.m., Tummond said.
     That is when LCSO Deputy James Yanok responded to the 6400 Block of Southeast Levy County Road 326, which is in a remote area of the county between Morris Junction and Gulf Hammock, Tummond said.
     He was responding to a report of a suspicious person. This is the same general area of the county that deputies recently recorded a report of a stolen vehicle, which was ultimately recovered in Citrus County, Tummond said.
     Deputy Yanok saw Gray, who met the description of the suspicious person described by the caller, Tummond said. Gray fled from him but Deputy Yanok apprehended her, Tummond said.
     Gray was handcuffed and placed in the back seat of the patrol vehicle, Tummond said, and Deputy Yanok returned to the area from which he had seen her run. Yanock searched for other person(s) there, Tummond said.
     Gray slipped loose from her handcuffs and squeezed through the screen partition and she went into the front seat of the car, Tummond said.
     Yanok heard the cruser vehicle rev and as Gray sped away, Tummond said, she hit Yanok with the vehicle. Gray crashed the patrol vehicle a short distance and fled on foot into the wooded area of Goethe State Forest.
     Deputy Yanok was transported by ambulance to a local emergency room for treatment of minor injuries and has been released, Tummond said.
     Many law enforcement agencies were involved in this search including from the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, K-9 Units from the Florida Department of Corrections and air support from the Marion County Sheriff’s Office Aviation Unit.

 


Global law enforcement
operation catches
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More than 170 arrests worldwide result
By DEA Public Affairs
Published Sept. 22, 2020 at 11:10 a.m.
     WASHINGTON –
Today (Tuesday, Sept. 22), the United States Department of Justice, through the Joint Criminal Opioid and Darknet Enforcement team, joined Europol to announce the results of Operation DisrupTor, a coordinated international effort to disrupt opioid trafficking on the Darknet.
     Darknet is an overlay network within the Internet that can only be accessed with specific software, configurations, or authorization, and often uses a unique customized communication protocol. The term "Darknet" was popularized by major news outlets to associate with Tor Onion services, when the infamous drug bazaar Silk Road used it, despite the terminology being unofficial.
     As for Operation DisrupTor, which was conducted across the United States and Europe, it demonstrates the continued partnership between JCODE and Europol against the illegal sale of drugs and other illicit goods and services. Operation DisrupTor builds on the success of last year’s Operation SaboTor and the coordinated law enforcement takedown of the Wall Street Market, one of the largest illegal online markets on the dark web.
     Following the Wall Street Market takedown in May 2019, U.S. and international law enforcement agencies obtained intelligence to identify Darknet drug traffickers, resulting in a series of complementary, but separate, law enforcement investigations.
     Operation DisrupTor actions have resulted in the arrest of 179 Darknet drug traffickers and fraudulent criminals who engaged in tens of thousands of sales of illicit goods and services across the United States and Europe.
     This operation resulted in the seizure of over $6.5 million in both cash and virtual currencies; approximately 500 kilograms (just over 1,100 pounds) of drugs worldwide; 274 kilograms (just over 604 pounds) of drugs, including fentanyl, oxycodone, hydrocodone, methamphetamine, heroin, cocaine, ecstasy, MDMA, and medicine containing addictive substances in the United States; and 63 firearms.
     Darknet vendor accounts were identified and attributed to humans who were selling illicit goods on Darknet market sites such as AlphaBay, Dream, WallStreet, Nightmare, Empire, White House, DeepSea, Dark Market and others. By leveraging complementary partnerships and surging resources across the U.S. government and Europol, Operation DisrupTor was used to significantly disrupt the online opioid trade and send a strong message that criminals operating on the Darknet are not beyond the reach of law enforcement.
     Operation DisrupTor led to 121 arrests in the United States including two in Canada at the request of the United States, 42 in Germany, eight in the Netherlands, four in the United Kingdom, three in Austria, and one in Sweden. A number of investigations are still ongoing to identify the individuals behind dark web accounts.
     “Criminals selling fentanyl on the Darknet should pay attention to Operation DisrupTor,” said United States Deputy Attorney General Jeffrey Rosen. “The arrest of 179 of them in seven countries—with the seizure of their drug supplies and their money as well—shows that there will be no safe haven for drug dealing in cyberspace.”
     The acting administrator for the United States Drug Enforcement Agency weighed in on the operation.
     “The 21st century has ushered in a tidal wave of technological advances that have changed the way we live,” said DEA Acting Administrator Timothy J. Shea. “But as technology has evolved, so too have the tactics of drug traffickers. Riding the wave of technological advances, criminals attempt to further hide their activities within the dark web through virtual private networks and tails, presenting new challenges to law enforcement in the enduring battle against illegal drugs. Operation DisrupTor demonstrates the ability of DEA and our partners to outpace these digital criminals in this ever-changing domain, by implementing innovative ways to identify traffickers attempting to operate anonymously and disrupt these criminal enterprises.”
     The FBI shared insight from its leadership.
     “With the spike in opioid-related overdose deaths during the COVID-19 pandemic, we recognize that today’s announcement is important and timely,” said FBI Director Christopher Wray. “The FBI wants to assure the American public, and the world, that we are committed to identifying Darknet drug dealers and bringing them to justice. But our work does not end with today’s announcement. The FBI, through JCODE and our partnership with Europol, continues to be actively engaged in a combined effort to disrupt the borderless, worldwide trade of illicit drugs. The FBI will continue to use all investigative techniques and tools to identify and prosecute Darknet opioid dealers, wherever they may be located.”
     The ICE Homeland Security Investigations' active director commented about this successful effort against international criminals.
     “U.S. Immigration and Custom’s Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations has played an integral role in Operation DisrupTor which has effectively removed opioids from our communities,” said ICE Acting Deputy Director Derek Benner. “It has been an honor to work alongside our domestic and international law enforcement partners and pursue bad actors hiding on the Darknet. Our trained cyber analysts and investigators have conducted undercover efforts that target dark website operators, vendors and prolific buyers of these dangerous drugs. HSI special agents employ unique investigative capabilities to trace and identify the proceeds stemming from the distribution and online sales of fentanyl and other illicit opioids. These efforts will continue to thwart a significant amount of criminal drug sale activity and deter criminals believing they can operate with anonymity on the Darknet.”
     The chief postal inspector for the United States Postal Inspection Service shared his perspective.
     “The U.S. Postal Inspection Service has worked diligently for years to rid the mail of illicit drug trafficking and preserve the integrity of the mail,” said Chief Postal Inspector Gary Barksdale. “Most importantly, these efforts provide a safe environment for postal employees and the American public. Today’s announcement serves as an outstanding example of the worldwide impact Postal Inspectors can make through our ever-growing partnerships with federal and international law enforcement agencies. On behalf of the U.S. Postal Service, we offer our sincere appreciation to all of our partners in this operation who helped protect the nation’s mail, and we pledge to never relent in our pursuit of criminals seeking to exploit the U.S. mail.”
     Commentary from European law enforcement showed this is one team with one mission across the globe.
     “Law enforcement is most effective when working together, and today’s announcement sends a strong message to criminals selling or buying illicit goods on the dark web: the hidden internet is no longer hidden, and your anonymous activity is not anonymous,” said Edvardas Šileris, the Head of Europol’s European Cybercrime Centre. “Law enforcement is committed to tracking down criminals, no matter where they operate – be it on the streets or behind a computer screen.”
     The extensive operation, which lasted nine months, resulted in over dozens of federal prosecutions including:
     ● The Los Angeles JCODE Task Force, in conjunction with the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Central District of California, successfully dismantled a drug trafficking organization that used online monikers such as “Stealthgod” to sell methamphetamine and MDMA on multiple Darknet marketplaces. Investigators have linked the crew to more than 18,000 illicit drug sales to customers in at least 35 states and numerous countries around the world. During law enforcement actions in Southern California earlier this year, members of JCODE arrested five defendants and seized approximately 120 pounds of methamphetamine, seven kilograms of MDMA and five firearms. Two of the five – Teresa McGrath, 34, of Sunland-Tujunga, and Mark Chavez, 41, of downtown Los Angeles – have since pleaded guilty to narcotics-trafficking and other offenses, and each faces a 15-year mandatory minimum sentence. As the investigation continued, the Los Angeles JCODE Task Force made additional seizures, including $1.6 million in cryptocurrency, 11 pounds of methamphetamine and 14 pounds of pills pressed with methamphetamine. Andres Bermudez, 37, of Palmdale, California, who allegedly was a main supplier of methamphetamine to the “Stealthgod” crew, was charged last week with a narcotics-trafficking offense that carry a 10-year mandatory minimum sentence. He is considered a fugitive.
     ● Arden McCann, 32, of Quebec, Canada, was charged with conspiring to import drugs into the United States and money laundering conspiracy, in a four-count indictment returned by a grand jury in Atlanta. According to court documents, the defendant is alleged to have imported alprazolam, fentanyl, U-47700, and fentanyl analogues such as carfentanil, furanyl fentanyl, 4-fluoroisobutyryl fentanyl, acryl fentanyl, and methoxyacetyl fentanyl into the United States from Canada and China. The superseding indictment alleges that fentanyl analogues the defendant imported into the United States resulted in a non-fatal overdose in April 2016, and fentanyl the defendant imported into the United States resulted in an overdose death in December 2016.
     ● Khlari Sirotkin, 36, of Colorado; Kelly Stephens, 32, of Colorado; Sean Deaver, 36, of Nevada; Abby Jones, 37, of Nevada; and Sasha Sirotkin, 32, of California, were charged with drug trafficking and money laundering conspiracy, in a 21-count indictment returned by a grand jury in Cincinnati, Ohio. According to court documents, the defendants are alleged to be members of one of the most prolific online drug trafficking organizations in the United States and allegedly specialized in the manufacturing and distribution of more than one million fentanyl-laced counterfeit pills and laundered approximately $2.8 million over the course of the conspiracy. The pressed fentanyl pills, along with heroin, methamphetamine and cocaine, were shipped to the Southern District of Ohio and throughout the country. DEA, FBI, FDA, HSI and USPIS agents seized 2.5 kilograms of fentanyl; 5,095 pressed xanax; 50 suboxone; 16.5 grams of cocaine; 37 grams of crystal meth; 12 grams of black tar heroin; an industrial pill press; 5,908 pounds of dried marijuana with an estimated street value of $9 million; $80,191 in cash, 10 firearms and one pound of fentanyl.
     ● The FBI Washington Field Office’s Hi-Tech Opioid Task Force, in conjunction with the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Virginia, successfully thwarted a firebomb attack plot involving explosives, firearms, the Darknet, prescription opioid trafficking, cryptocurrency, and sophisticated money laundering. William Anderson Burgamy, 33, of Hanover, Maryland, and Hyrum T. Wilson, 41, of Auburn, Nebraska, pleaded guilty in the Eastern District of Virginia to charges related to a conspiracy to use explosives to firebomb and destroy a competitor pharmacy in Nebraska. Burgamy, who is not a pharmacist, operated as the Darknet vendor NeverPressedRX since at least August 2019. Wilson, who was a licensed pharmacist, illegally mailed to Burgamy over 19,000 dosage units of prescription medications, including opioids, from his pharmacy in Nebraska. Burgamy illegally sold prescription drugs through his Darknet vendor account to customers nationwide, and claimed at one point that he made nearly $1 million total. Burgamy and Wilson agreed that Burgamy and another individual would carry multiple firearms during the attack operation and use explosives, specifically Molotov cocktails enhanced with Styrofoam as a thickening agent, to burn the victim pharmacy down in furtherance of their drug trafficking scheme. Law enforcement agents seized thousands of opioid pills, eight unsecured firearms, including two loaded AR-15 assault rifles with high capacity magazines, and over $19,000 cash. Prior to Burgamy’s arrest in April 2020, which uncovered and thwarted the firebombing plot, Burgamy and Wilson fully intended on the attack occurring after COVID-19 restrictions were lifted.
     ● Aaron Brewer, 39, of Corsicana, Texas, was charged with conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute a controlled substance and distribution of a controlled substance in a two-count indictment returned by a grand jury in the Northern District of Texas. According to court documents, the defendant allegedly sold cocaine, heroin, and other drugs via the dark web. He allegedly accepted payment in cryptocurrency, primarily bitcoin, and then shipped the drugs to customers’ addresses through the U.S. mail and other shipping services. Following Brewer’s arrest on July 2, agents with the U.S. Postal Inspection Service and FBI Dallas Field Office seized roughly 650 grams of black tar heroin, cocaine, and OxyContin, two computers, and more than $870 in postage stamps, as well as a ledger outlining 757 drug shipments sent to 609 unique addresses between December 2019 and March 2020.
     An indictment and criminal complaint merely alleges that crimes have been committed. The defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.
     Operation DisrupTor was a collaborative initiative across JCODE members, including the Department of Justice; Federal Bureau of Investigation; U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration; U.S. Postal Inspection Service; U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations; U.S. Customs and Border Protection; Financial Crimes Enforcement Network; Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms; Naval Criminal Investigative Service, and Department of Defense. Local, state and other federal agencies also contributed to Operation DisrupTor investigations. The investigations leading to Operation DisrupTor were significantly aided by essential support and coordination by the Department of Justice’s multi-agency Special Operations Division, the Criminal Division’s Computer Crime and Intellectual Property Section, Narcotic and Dangerous Drug Section, and Organized Crime and Gang Section, the Justice Department’s Office of International Affairs, the National Cyber Joint Investigative Task Force, Europol and its Dark Web team and international partners Eurojust, Austrian Federal Investigation Bureau, Cyprus Police, German Federal Criminal Police Office, Canada’s Royal Canadian Mounted Police, Portuguese Judicial Police, Dutch Police, Swedish Police, the British National Crime Agency, Australia's Western Australia Police Force, and Australian Criminal Intelligence Commission.
     Federal prosecutions are being conducted in more than 20 Federal districts, including: the Central District of California, the Eastern District of California, the Northern District of California, the Southern District of California, the District of Colorado, the District of Columbia, the District of Connecticut, the Middle District of Florida, the Southern District of Florida, the Northern District of Georgia, the District of Hawaii, the Western District of Missouri, the District of New Jersey, the Western District of North Carolina, the Northern District of Ohio, the Southern District of Ohio, District of Oregon, the Western District of Pennsylvania, the Northern District of Texas, the Eastern District of Virginia, the District of the Virgin Islands and the Western District of Washington.
     JCODE is an FBI-led Department of Justice initiative, which works closely with the DEA-led, multi-agency, Special Operations Division to support, coordinate and de-conflict investigations targeting for disruption and dismantlement of the online sale of illegal drugs, especially fentanyl and other opioids. Additionally, JCODE targets the trafficking of weapons and other illicit goods and services on the internet. Operation DisrupTor illustrates the investigative power of federal and international partnerships to combat the borderless nature of online criminal activity.

 


 

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FTA - Failure to Appear
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VOP - Violation of Probation
FTA - Failure to Appear
ROR - Released On their Own Recognizance
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