Monday, February 16, 2009

New Sheriff in Town

The Holmes County Times Advertiser reported on the front page in its February 11, 2009 edition that "Dope distribution takes a hit in Holmes County." The HC Sheriff's Department and Florida Highway Patrol hauled away 200 pounds of marijuana from a two-story log home and are seeking its owner.The owner built compartments in his home in which to hold the 25-pound pot bales. The Holmes County Times Advertiser reported that Chief Deputy John Braxton, Jr., said, "He was a major distributor." Braxton also commented, "He's been doing this for about 10 years" and "He flew under the radar."

The raid resulted from an investigation that began after a traffic stop in mid January just after Tim Brown was sworn in as the new Sheriff, replacing former Sheriff Dennis Lee. The former Sheriff will take a position with the Bay County Sheriff's Office. Sheriff Brown said that state and federal authorities have been notified.

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