CCSO arrests man after
watching him make several drug sales
ORANGE PARK – After following the man while he appeared to make several drug sales, the Clay County Sheriff’s Office arrested a man who admitted “he purchases and sells large amounts of methamphetamine and fentanyl.”
Richard Dean Lowe, 35, of Orange Park, was charged on Aug. 18 with trafficking methamphetamine and fentanyl, possession of ecstasy and drug paraphernalia after he stopped at a fast-food restaurant on Blanding Boulevard. Members of the CCSO Task Force Unit found two boxes filled with the drugs attached inside the engine compartment of his car.
The sheriff’s office staked out Lowe’s home after receiving information he used the residence to sell methamphetamine and fentanyl. They saw him leave and make several stops in Duval County near Old Middleburg Road and Argyle Forest Boulevard, presumably to make illegal transactions. Deputies observed him turn over backpacks in exchange for money and electronic equipment.
The arrest led to the recovery of 68.5 grams of methamphetamine, 4.2 grams of fentanyl and an ecstasy pill.
Lowe remained at the Clay County Jail with a $355,761 bond.
Man jailed for 2020 armed
home invasion, kidnapping
JACKSONVILLE – A man already in the Duval County Jail was transferred to Clay County on Aug. 23 to face charges related to a home invasion robbery on Jan. 2, 2020.
Ja’Shone Malik Bernard Ervin, 21, of Jacksonville, was charged with armed kidnapping, home invasion, grand theft auto after Clay County Sheriff’s Office deputies were called to a home on Hearthside Court in Oakleaf after three victims said men broke into their home and stole their Ford Escape with one of the victims inside the car. The Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office spotted the car on 103rd Street and engaged in a chase. The suspects fled the car, letting it roll until it crashed at the intersection of 103rd and Blanding Boulevard.
One suspect, Kwontell Swain, of Jacksonville, was caught during a foot chase.
Ervin was arrested on Feb. 7, 2020, by JSO for possession of marijuana and the kidnapping and the home invasion charges. JSO dropped the marijuana charges, which allowed him to be transported back to Clay County. His bond was set at $500,009.
Green Cove man returned to Clay to face drug, burglary charges
JACKSONVILLE – A Green Cove Springs man already in jail in Jacksonville for a variety of drug-related charges, was sent back to Clay County on Aug. 23 to face charges related to an armed robbery in 2020, as well as a litany of new drug charges.
Ryan Scott Brooks, 24, was transported from the Duval County Jail to Clay County and booked on two charges of armed robbery, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, cocaine, drug paraphernalia and marijuana, dealing in stolen property and providing false information to a pawnbroker.
According to the Clay County Sheriff’s Office, Brooks left a long trail of drug- and robbery-related crimes. On Aug. 7, 2020, Brooks was stopped in Green Cove Springs after a CCSO deputy realized the license tag didn’t match the car Brooks was driving. During the traffic stop, deputies were allowed to search his car, where they uncovered cocaine and a glass pipe, CCSO said.
He also was wanted for the break-in and robbery of two handguns from a home on Mangrove Lane in Green Cove Springs on Oct. 2, 2020.
Then between Oct. 29, 2020 and Oct. 31, 2020, Brooks was suspected of another armed burglary of his grandparents’ home on Ravenwood Drive after it was found was ransacked. According to the arrest warrant, 14 guns were stolen, along with 2,000 rounds of ammunition, several pieces of jewelry and “miscellaneous” paperwork.
Deputies said a watch reported stolen from Ravenwood was sold at a jewelry store inside the Orange Park Mall.
Brooks, whose next court appearance is scheduled for Sept. 27, is being held on a $265,021 bond.
Jacksonville man turned over to CCSO following 2020 drug buy
JACKSONVILLE – A Jacksonville man was tracked down and arrested on Aug. 20 after he was seen selling cocaine to a confidential informant, according to the Clay County Sheriff’s Office.
Sean Hannibal White, 49, was charged with trafficking in cocaine after CCSO set up a controlled purchase on May 15, 2020. White was in the Duval County Jail when he was turned over to CCSO.
White was being held on a $175,003 bond. His next court appearance is Sept. 27.
Deadly roads: Middleburg
woman killed in Oakleaf
OAKLEAF – A 31-year-old Middleburg woman was killed Monday night after the car she was riding in slammed into trees on Laurelwood Drive at Parkview Drive, the Florida Highway Patrol reported.
According to the accident report, a 35-year-old man from Jacksonville was driving on Laurelwood at “a high rate of speed” when he failed to negotiate the roundabout at Parkview. The car veered off the road and hit several trees. The driver was taken to Orange Park Medical Center with serious injuries, while his passenger was pronounced dead at the scene.
FHP no longer releases names of people involved in traffic accidents.
The accident continued a deadly month in Clay County.
On Aug. 16, a pickup driven by a 21-year-old man from Green Cove Springs with three passengers ran a red light on State Road 16 at State Road 21. A 58-year-old man from Keystone Heights was killed when the truck struck the driver’s side door. Then on Aug. 15, a 27-year-old woman from Summerville, South Carolina, was struck and killed on Blanding Boulevard at Wells Road by a pickup driven by a Jacksonville man. And on Aug. 13, a 37-year-old man riding a motorcycle was killed on Blanding Boulevard in Orange Park when he slammed into a car making a turn onto Londonderry Drive.
Also, a 25-year-old man from Middleburg was killed in Bradford County near Lawtey on Aug. 22 when he hit head-on with another car on County Road 225.