LCSO arrests 3 in first drug sweep

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Drug Task Force targets Cedar Key/Rosewood area

By SCOTT TUMMOND, LCSO Media Relations

The Levy County Sheriff’s Office Drug Task Force and Uniformed Patrol Division conducted a targeted drug enforcement operation Thursday, Aug. 3, in the Rosewood/Cedar Key area which began Wednesday evening and continued into Thursday morning.

Citizens who reside in these areas of the county have filed complaints of recent drug activity in their neighborhoods and Sheriff Bobby McCallum answered their call.

Early Wednesday afternoon, K-9 Sergeant K. Kinik conducted a traffic stop in Rosewood and with the assistance of his K-9 partner Zombie located marijuana and drug paraphernalia in the vehicle.

The driver was issued a notice to appear in court for both misdemeanor violations and released at the scene.

Shortly afterward, DTF investigators made a traffic stop on SR 24. DTF investigators arrested Chad Hammock (2-21-78) of Cedar Key for possession of methamphetamine, possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia; and Heather Woods (8-13-91) of Cedar Key for possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Investigators also seized four grams of methamphetamine (ICE) and 10.5 grams of marijuana during the stop. The investigation related to these narcotics is still on-going and additional charges could be filed.

Thursday morning, Matthew Whyte (5-14-91) was discovered by Deputy K. Davis parked in the Cedar Key State Preserve on SR 24. Davis spoke to Whyte and during this conversation found Whyte to be in possession of methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia. Whyte, who claimed to be homeless and listed no address, was arrested and transported to the Levy County Detention Facility. Additionally, DTF investigators located homemade objects in Whyte’s car that were obviously made to conceal and transport narcotics. This investigation is still on-going and additional charges could be filed.

The sheriff has allocated additional units to continue drug enforcement operations in this and other communities in Levy County.

Sheriff McCallum said, “I will continue efforts to rid our neighborhoods of the drug dealers and drug users as we strive to provide a safer environment for our children and families.”