‘Operation 24/7’ in Calhoun & Liberty County Arrests begin for group charged in large meth ring
by Teresa Eubanks, Journal Editor
Eighteen people have been arrested following an investigation by the Calhoun-Liberty Drug Task Force into a large methamphetamine distribution ring.
The task force, which includes the Calhoun and Liberty County Sheriff’s Offices, obtained warrants for 24 people in the two-county area.
Calhoun County Sheriff Glenn Kimbrel described the product being sold as crystal meth, also known as Ice, and “is 95 to 99 percent pure.” The highly addictive drug comes from Mexico, he said.
In a news release issued Friday, the task force identified two local men - Andrew “Drew” Ramsey, 30, of Bristol, and Steven Waldron, 44, of Altha - as “large scale meth dealers” who had many lower level co-conspirators.
Waldron was one of seven people arrested last Thursday. He is charged with two counts of sale of methamphetamine, conspiracy to sell methamphetamine and unlawful use of a two-way communication device.
Ramsey was hospitalized earlier this month in Tallahassee. Comments on his Facebook page from friends indicated he is in a medically-induced coma.
Six others were arrested Jan. 19 in Calhoun County for conspiracy to purchase methamphetamine and unlawful use of a two-way communication device (phone). They include:
•Jeremy Edgar Baggett, 25, Altha.
•Timothy Alan Copeland, 28, Blountstown.
•Jennifer Brooke Fleck, 33, Altha.
•Kevin Justin Hansford, 33, Altha
• Sandra Gill Summerlin, 44, Blountstown.
•Mandi Jeanene Waldron, 38, Altha.
On Jan. 20, Demi Marie Ammons, 20, Blountstown, was taken into custody for conspiracy to purchase methamphetamine and unlawful use of a two-way communication device. James Darrell Hall, 37, Altha, was arrested on the same charges on Jan. 23.
A canine team was called out around 2 a.m. Tuesday morning to track down Christopher Crutchfield, 37, of Altha, who was caught in the Shelton’s Corner area. He is charged with conspiracy to purchase methamphetamine and unlawful use of a two-way communication device.
Agents were looking for the remaining suspects Tuesday, Kimbrel said.
In Liberty County, seven people were arrested in connection with this case on Jan. 19, including:
•Latasha Broxton, 33, Hosford , conspiracy to purchase methamphetamine and unlawful use of a two-way communication device.
•Casey M. Byrd, 34, Bristol, possession of firearm by felon, with warrants from Calhoun County for conspiracy to purchase methamphetamine and unlawful use of a two-way communication device.
•Gary Lee Dart, 20, Hosford , conspiracy to purchase methamphetamine and unlawful use of a two-way communication device.
•James Reddick, 61, Bristol, sale of methamphetamine.
•Donterious Gee, 25, Bristol, possession of shortbarrel shotgun, sale of methamphetamine and sale of oxycodone.
•James Hardy Whittington, 47, Bristol, conspiracy to purchase methamphetamine and unlawful use of a two-way communication device, LCSO.
•Alan Kelley Harrell, 35, Bristol, possession of short barrel shotgun.
On Sunday, deputies arrested Jessie W. Hobby, 24, Bristol, for unlawful use of a two-way communication device and conspiracy to purchase methamphetamine. He had eluded capture earlier but an anonymous tip from a caller who said Hobby had indicated his whereabouts on his facebook page resulted in Sheriff Eddie Joe White and Sgt. Mitch Willis locating him at a residence near Lake Mystic Cemetery.
“We’re actively looking on both sides of the river for all the people on that probable cause list,” said White.
According to Kimbrel, the case developed after two original subjects were identified and “we got search warrants for their telephones.” A series of text messages showed the subjects “talking about buying and selling dope,” he said.
As of Tuesday, arrests were still pending for Marcus L. Andrews of Bristol, Amanda Sangster of Bristol, Ellis Summerlin of Bristol, Tyler Patterson of Hosford and Bradley Coy Johnson of Altha.