It's the first arrest for newly graduated K-9 Axle.
By: Shannon Martin
Public Affairs Officer, Flagler County Sheriff's Office
On Nov. 21, Flagler County Sheriff’s Office (FCSO) deputies conducted a traffic stop on a white Dodge Ram towing a trailer that was traveling north on County Road 15 due to a non-functional rear brake light.
FCSO made contact with the driver, Christopher Raymond, 33, and advised him of the reason why he was being stopped. Raymond is no stranger to law enforcement and has multiple felony convictions for burglaries, grand theft.
Raymond is also a known sex offender.
Additionally, Raymond is currently out on felony bond for an active case in Flagler County for failure to register as a sex offender.
FCSO Deputy Beausoleil arrived on scene to assist with his K-9 partner Axel and conducted an exterior sniff of the vehicle and trailer. During the exterior sniff, K-9 Axel alerted to the odor of narcotics. Raymond was then asked to exit the vehicle so that a full search could be conducted. During the search, FCSO located the following:
- J.G Anschutz GMBH Waffenfabrik ULM/D bolt-action .22 caliber rifle
- A firearm suppressor
- A single magazine containing four live round of .22 caliber ammunition
- A box of 8x57 JS Sellier & Bellot Rifle Ammunition that contained fifteen live rounds of ammunition
- Six live rounds of .22 caliber ammunition
- A functional digital scale with a crystal like residue on it.
- Functional stun gun located in the glove box.
- Brass knuckles
- Drug paraphernalia.
Raymond was immediately detained. Upon conducting a search of Raymond, a Ziploc type baggie was located in a cargo pocket on the right side of his pants that contained numerous other unused empty small Ziploc type baggies and eight more live rounds of .22 caliber ammunition.
When questioned by deputy’s Raymond stated that the rifle belonged to his grandfather and accused a male known only to him as “Archie” of “planting” the firearm in his vehicle to get him in trouble. Raymond stated that he usually leaves the rifle in his garage but that “Archie” must have put it in his car as a way to get back at him. Raymond could not provide further information.
“This is another great example of good police work from a minor traffic stop,” Sheriff Rick Staly said. “Deputy’s never really know what they are walking into when they conduct a traffic stop. Here we had something that could have been a simple warning for a broken brake light but it turned into multiple felony charges, more poison off our streets and a sex offender back in jail. Who knows what other crimes this traffic stop may have prevented? I am extremely proud of our newest K-9 Axel who just graduated and is already getting bad guys off the street. K-9 Axel gets a special treat!”
Christopher Raymond was arrested and transported the Sheriff Perry Hall Inmate Detention Facility. He is charged with Possession of a Firearm by a Convicted Felon, Possession of Ammunition by a Convicted Felon, and Possession of an Electric Weapon by a Convicted Felon, Possession of Methamphetamine, and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. He is being held on no bond.