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FCSO probation check lands recently released prison inmate, and friend, back in jail

Twain Slater who had just been released from prison on Dec. 14.
by: Guest Writer

By: Shannon Martin

Public Affairs Officer, Flagler County Sheriff’s Office


On Wednesday, Dec. 18, the Flagler County Sheriff’s Office responded to Seventh Street in Bunnell to conduct a probation check on 28-year-old Twain Slater who had just been released from prison on Dec. 14

Upon arrival, deputies observed two vehicles parked in the driveway, a 2013 gray Hyundai and a blue 2013 Chevrolet. As deputies approached the vehicles, 27-year-old Devantell Cooper exited the driver seat of the gray Hyundai. Deputies could smell a strong odor of cannabis emitting from both vehicles.

Deputies located Slater sitting in the passenger seat of the blue Chevrolet. Deputies asked Slater to exit the vehicle, conducted a probable cause search of the cars and their persons, and found 370 Grams of Cannabis, 1 Digital scale, 1 Grinder, Numerous plastic baggies, and 2 1⁄2 Hydrocodone pills.

This is not Cooper’s first encounter with law enforcement. He has a criminal history with FCSO dating back to August 2010 for various charges including Resisting an Officer with Violence, Fleeing and Eluding, Carrying a Concealed Weapon, Driving While License Suspended, Sale of Cocaine, Hydromorphone Possession, and Hydrocodone Possession. Cooper is currently on Felony Probation for
Sale of a Controlled Substance within 1,000 feet of a Business and Unlawful Use of a Communication Device.

Slater also has a lengthy criminal history in Flagler County. Dating back to April 2010, Slater has been arrested for numerous charges including Resisting an Officer With Violence, Marijuana Possession with Intent to Sell, Cocaine Possession, Burglary, Giving a False Name to Law Enforcement, Sale of a Controlled substance within 1,000 feet of a School or Park, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Driving with a Suspended License, Fleeing and Eluding, and Trafficking of Oxycodone.

“In less than four days after being released from state prison he is already back dealing drugs,” Sheriff Rick Staly said. “This highlights the importance of our agency’s weekly CRIMEMAPS meeting where we highlight inmates who are recently released from prison. In this case we found he is already back to his old ways. Because he was on our radar from CRIMEMAPS, he and his friend are both now checked-in to the Green Roof Inn where they belong. It is my hope the judge will raise Slater’s bond as he obviously did not learn his lesson in prison.”

CRIMEMAPS is a weekly meeting that alerts deputies, detectives, and analysts to crimes in the community, suspects to watch, and other crime reduction strategies based on intelligence-led policing. Devantell Cooper and Twain Slater were arrested and transported to the Sheriff Perry Hall Inmate Detention Facility. Cooper is being charged with Possession of a Schedule 2 Controlled Substance and
being held with no bond. Twain Slater is being charged with Possession of Drug Paraphernalia and Felony Marijuana Possession and is being held on a $3,000 bond.

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