January 20, 2017
The Levy County Sheriff’s Office Drug Task Force Division (DTF) and the Chiefland Police Department (CPD) combined forces yesterday to complete an investigation which began months ago. Investigators with both agencies began receiving citizen complaints in September of 2016 that the home located at 8841 NW 174 Street in Fanning Springs was being used to manufacture and sell methamphetamines. Citizens reported an unusual chemical smell around this home and an increase in both foot and vehicle traffic coming and going at all hours of the night.
DTF investigators identified the home was owned by Michael Austin Jones (3-25-53) and was often occupied by numerous other individuals. Jones allowed a shed in his back yard to be converted into an apartment and allowed a couple to move in. Investigators gained information that methamphetamine was purchased from the residence owned by Jones in September.
Shortly after 10 a.m. yesterday morning DTF investigators, CPD investigators and members of the Sheriff’s Criminal Investigation Division executed a search warrant on Jones’ home. Investigators located and arrested five (5) people on a myriad of charges ranging from possession of ammunition by a convicted felon to manufacturing methamphetamines. In addition to these arrests, investigators discovered an active methamphetamine lab in Jones’ room which had to be rendered safe by HAZMAT trained investigators before a complete search for additional narcotics in the home could be safely conducted.
The following images are the individuals arrested in this operation and their charges upon their booking at the Levy County Detention Facility. Additional charges are anticipated on some of these individuals as this investigation continues.
Michael Austin Jones (3-25-53)
· Two counts of Possession of Methamphetamine
· Two counts of Sale of Methamphetamine
Total Bond $200,000
Ronald Wesley Stewart (6-9-60)
· Possession with Intent to Sell Methamphetamine
· Sale of Methamphetamine
Total Bond $100,000
Nancy Kay Barton (8-3-69)
· 2 counts of Possession with Intent to Sell Methamphetamine
· 2 counts of Sale of Methamphetamine
Total Bond $200,000
Deanna Marie Drew (11-29-85)
· Possession of a Controlled Substance (Methamphetamine)
· Possession of Drug Paraphernalia
Total Bond $26,000
Philip Cody Morgan (12-30-87) (Morgan was released from the Florida Department of Corrections on 1-12-17)
· Possession of Ammo by Convicted Felon
Total Bond $30,000