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Palm Coast Friday, Jan. 21, 2022 10 months ago

Sheriff's Office arrests 20 on drug charges

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Four other individuals are also wanted.
by: Guest Writer

by: Don Foley, Public Affairs Manager, Flagler County Sheriff's Office

A 14-month Flagler County Sheriff’s Office investigation has led to arrest warrants for 24 drug dealers.

"These drug dealers are now finding out what happens to drug pushers in Flagler County. If you are a drug dealer in Flagler County and we didn’t get you this time, you better watch over your shoulder, as we will get you next.”

 

— RCIK STALY, Flagler County sheriff

After a sweep the morning of Jan. 20, FCSO’s Operation “Winter Wonder Cells” resulted in 20 arrests. FCSO is still searching for the remaining four drugs dealers wanted in this operation.

Sheriff Rick Staly joined his Special Investigations Unit and the FCSO P.A.C.E. Unit to serve the felony arrest warrants.

Three arrests are still pending. One suspect remains a part of other ongoing criminal investigations.

Some suspects of Operation Winter Wonder Cells had previously been arrested when search warrants were served, or were already in the Sheriff Perry Hall Inmate Detention Facility.

As of the arrests, more than $277,000 in narcotics have been seized in the operation. Among the controlled substances seized in the operation are Fentanyl, Heroin, Oxycodone, Cocaine, THC Oil, Methamphetamine, and Cannabis.

“These 24 poison peddlers have faced more than 160 felony charges combined over the course of their criminal activity,” FCSO Sheriff Rick Staly said. “On the whole, these poison peddlers have been convicted 48 times. These drug dealers are now finding out what happens to drug pushers in Flagler County. If you are a drug dealer in Flagler County and we didn’t get you this time, you better watch over your shoulder, as we will get you next.”

Suspects in the operation range in age from 23 to 69. One of those facing charges, Michael McIntyre, is already facing time in prison on a first-degree murder conviction for selling a fatal dose of illegal drugs.

He is charged with Trafficking Methamphetamines as a result of this operation.

“As a result of the hard work of our Special Investigations Unit, this operation led to getting these drug dealers arrested for poison peddling in our community and will hopefully save some lives,” Sheriff Staly said. If we are still looking for you, I suggest you turn yourself in, as it’s only a matter of time before we find you and take you to the Green Roof Inn.”

Each defendant that was arrested was booked into the Sheriff Perry Hall Inmate Detention Facility, where they will remain until they post bond or appear before a judge. 

The FCSO is still looking for four suspects: Xavier McCall, for Sale of Cocaine and Unlawful Use of a Two-Way Communication Device; Lomack Bennett, for Sale of Cocaine; Erik Zimmerman, for Sale of Fentanyl and Unlawful Use of a Two-Way Communication Device; and one individual whose identity has been withheld and who is wanted for Sale of Cannabis.

If anyone has information on the location of the fugitives not yet arrested, FCSO is asking for tips to be called into Crime Stoppers at 1-888-277-TIPS (8477). You may be eligible for a reward up to $5,000.00. You may also send tips to [email protected] or by calling FCSO at 386-313-4911

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