• '15 going to jail; three big gulps': Clay County sheriff announces narcotics arrests

    By: Danae Leake , Action NewsJax

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    ORANGE PARK, Fla. - Video uploaded to Facebook on Friday showed Clay County Sheriff Darryl Daniels nonchalantly sipping on his morning cup of Joe when he announced the arrest of suspects in a narcotics bust. 

    The Sheriff's Office announced the arrests on social media with the video, which showed a row of individuals sitting alongside a curb in the Orange Park neighborhood of Hickory Glen.

    The video continued by shifting the focus to Sheriff Daniels, who was donned in a peacoat with a mug in his hand. He said the Sheriff's Office had served a search warrant for what he calls a "narcotics house." 

    The Sheriff's Office later said CCSO members seized heroin/fentanyl, marijuana, drug paraphernalia and other evidence related to narcotics distribution. On a previous case, deputies had previously responded to the same home and seized a trafficking amount of MDMA along with cocaine.


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    Daniels, in the video, called the drug bust "Operation: You are Warned" after saying the house had been "warned and warned again."

    He said all 15 individuals in the residence at the time of the bust were previously warned that deputies would return if the act continued.

    "I say it time and time again," Daniels said in the video. "And folks don't seem to believe what I'm saying. As the sheriff of Clay County, I'm telling you that if you want to commit crimes in the county, you've got options: You can stop what you're doing. You can leave Clay County. Or, you can be on the receiving end of this."

    At this point in the video, Daniels led the camera inside the house, and continued to warn those to not commit crimes in the county. 

    "The end result will be me standing in your living room--like I said--drinking my morning cup of coffee," Daniels said before he took a swig from his mug. "15 going to jail. Three big gulps." 

    Five adults were arrested on felony and misdemeanor charges, along with one juvenile who was arrested on a misdemeanor charge.

    -William Edward Endres, 30, Orange Park: Charged with ownership, lease or possession in or manufacturing a controlled substance
    -Devontae Joseph Robert Gibson, 21, Middleburg: Charged with possession of less than 20 grams of cannabis
    -Joseph Abraham Hand, 21, Orange Park: Charged with possession of more than 20 grams of marijuana and narcotic paraphernalia
    -Haley Autumn Thompson, 21, Orange Park: Charged with possession of more than 20 grams of marijuana and narcotic paraphernalia
    -Avrion William Lippus, 18, Middleburg: Charged with possession of more than 20 grams of marijuana and narcotic paraphernalia

    Previously, the Sheriff's Office has responded to medical calls at the home, which were believed to be overdoses. CCSO has responded to the home nearly 30 times in the last six months to reports of shots being fired, fights in progress, disturbances and much more.

    The Sheriff's Office thanked the Hickory Glen neighborhood for its support during the investigation and raid.

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