Police Briefs 1/30/20


Couple jailed during Middleburg drug raid

MIDDLEBURG – With the help of a confidential informant, the Clay County Sheriff’s Office arrested two Middleburg residents during a drug raid at 3559 Talisman Drive.

Mackenzie Ann Lamb, 23, was charged with selling methamphetamine and child neglect, while Samuel Odell Jones, 42, was charged with selling crack cocaine. Both also were charged with trying to sell other drugs.

Lamb sold 2.1 grams of methamphetamine to the informant while holding a baby, according to the arrest report.

Jones sold .3 grams of crack cocaine to an informant on Dec. 1 across the street from the Orange Park Medical Center. CCSO also charged Jones will selling crack cocaine within 1,000 feet of day care center on Jan. 22.

According to a CCSO release, “members of the Organized Crime/Narcotics Unit, the Targeted Narcotics Team and SWAT conducted a search warrant on Jan. 22 in reference to an ongoing narcotics investigation. The operation was successful.

“Our members arrested Mackenzie Lamb and Samuel Odell Jones on several charges that included child neglect, sale and delivery of methamphetamine, sale and delivery of crack cocaine, possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine, possession with intent to distribute crack cocaine, possession with intent to distribute cocaine, possession of morphine, possession with intent to distribute heroin, and possession with intent to distribute MDMA.

Samuel Jones also had warrants on three counts of possession of a controlled substance with intent to distribute, two counts of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, and two counts of drug paraphernalia.

Our deputies seized 11 grams of methamphetamine, two grams of crack cocaine, two grams of heroin, 3.5 grams of powder cocaine, 6.5 grams of MDMA, 7.5 grams of marijuana, miscellaneous pills and numerous amounts of paraphernalia.

“This operation was a success and another example of the zero tolerance we have for these illegal drugs in our community. Remember, you had options.”

Lamb’s bond was set at $100,006.

Woman cut from car following suspected DUI crash

KEYSTONE HEIGHTS – A 21-year-old man was arrested with a blood alcohol level twice the legal limit following a head-on collision on Jan. 24 on State Road 214 that sent a victim to the hospital with serious injuries.

Robert Michael Tarvit was charged with a litany of violations, including DUI and having his infant son in his truck when he lost control after passing another car at high speed in a no-passing zone, then overcorrecting and veering head-on into another car.

Tarvit was charged with driving with a suspended license when causing accident with serious injuries, DUI with a blood alcohol level of .15 or higher with a child passenger and causing serious injury, making improper pass, no insurance, driving with a tag that expired more than six months earlier, failing to stay in single lane.

A woman who was driving northbound on SR 214 had to be cut from her car. She was taken to a Gainesville hospital with a probably broken hip and femur, according to the Clay County Sheriff’s Office.

Deputies also found a bottle of whiskey at Tarvit’s truck. He admitted he had been drinking and that he was aware his son was in the truck.

Nobody else in the crash was seriously injured.

Tarvit remained in the Clay County Jail. His bond was set at $70,011.

CCSO: Elderly man slapped for changing internet service

ORANGE PARK – A local man was charged with striking an elderly man because he changed their internet service.

Michael Ridge Haywood, 24, of Orange Park, was charged with domestic battery on a person 65 or older on Jan. 25 after deputies said he became enraged and slapped the elderly man because the internet service at their house had been changed to wireless.

Running stop sign leads to drug arrest on Wells

ORANGE PARK – A couple were caught with a variety of illegal drugs after they ran a stop sign on Wells Road.

Melissa Marie Burgos, of Orange Park, was in the Clay County Jail with a $62,511 bond on Jan. 22 after being charged with possessing heroin, crack cocaine, Buprenorphine Hydrochloride, methamphetamine, marijuana and drug paraphernalia.

The driver, Brandon Christopher Edward Dugan, 28, of Orange Park, was charged with possession of methamphetamine, amphetamine and marijuana and driving with a suspended license. His bond was set at $26,507.

According to the arrest report, a Clay County Sheriff’s Office deputy made a routine stop of a rental truck after it pulled onto Wells Road without stopping. While Burgos looked for her identification, the deputy noticed part of a marijuana cigarette, which prompted a search of the truck.

Dugan also was given a verbal warning for running the stop sign.

New charges for man trying to swallow crack cocaine

ORANGE PARK – A man being arrested on an outstanding warrant now will face new charges after Clay County Sheriff’s Office deputies stopped him from trying to swallow crack cocaine.

Robert Charles Apple II, 29, of Orange Park, was charged Jan. 25 with attempting to conceal or destroy evidence and possession of crack cocaine.

According to the arrest report, deputies saw Apple put something in his mouth while they conducted their search for an outstanding warrant. They were able to make Apple spit the substance – later tested to be a .2 gram of crack – out.

Driver pleads no contest in CCSO’s Zirbel’s death

GREEN COVE SPRINGS – The driver who was cited for causing a crash that resulted in Clay County Sheriff’s Office deputy Ben Zirbel’s death was fined $1,000 and had his license suspended for six months.

Stephen Schioppa pled no contest at his trial last week for turning his truck and lawn service trailer in front of Zirbel on Blanding Boulevard while he was on motorcycle patrol on Aug. 18, 2018.

A no contest plea means Schioppa doesn’t admit innocence or fault.

Zirbel was in critical condition for one day before dying on Aug. 19, which allowed his family time to make arrangements to donate his heart, kidneys, liver and lung to other patients.


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