January 30, 2017

Third suspect turns himself in

The third man wanted in connection with a Marathon aggravated battery case turned himself in to the Sheriff’s Office Sunday.

20 year old Ottoniel Garcia was booked into jail on aggravated battery charges Sunday after turning himself in at the Marathon Sheriff’s Substation. The charges stem from a fight which took place in the early morning hours of January 22nd on 65th Street Oceanside in Marathon

The victim was airlifted to a Miami hospital for treatment of injuries to his face and head. The three men reportedly attacked the victim in an argument about nationality; the suspects are Guatemalan and the victim is Cuban.

January 27, 2017

Sunken sailboat tagged for removal

Today, officers tagged a sunken sailboat offshore of Wisteria Island for removal. They have identified the owner as 56 year old Michael Roache and would like to contact him to notify him of the vessel’s location. In the picture, Marine Deputy James Hager took three divers out to the vessel. Assisting with a routine check of the vessel’s contents were Law Enforcement Divers Reserve Deputy Henry Hamilton, Deputy Darren Jensen and Key West Police Officer Janeth Del Cid.

Traffic advisory:

A Monday, Jan. 30, planned still photo shoot on the Seven Mile Bridge for an automobile advertising campaign may result in short traffic delays on the bridge between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.
The Monroe County Sheriff’s Office will provide traffic control support with periodic rolling roadblocks and there will likely be brief periods when full traffic flow is impacted.
Scheduled film and television production projects are always subject to change due to weather or other unforeseen circumstances.

Woman attacked, beaten; detectives investigating

An Islamorada woman told detectives she was attacked in her home by another woman early today. The suspect held her against her will and threatened her with a knife.

The attack reportedly took place at 1:20 a.m. The victim eventually managed to break away from her attacker and flee; the suspect ran after her. The two women fought and the victim was assisted by two good Samaritans who saw the fight and pulled the suspect off the victim, allowing the victim to escape.

The suspect ran from the scene. Detectives say they have been able to identify her with help from the victim, who knows who she is. They are continuing to investigate and anticipate making an arrest in the case soon.

Two aggravated battery suspects in custody

Two out of the three men wanted for putting a Marathon man in the hospital this past turned themselves in today.

24 year old Luis Garcia Barrera and 21 year old Carlitos Garcia were booked into jail on aggravated battery charges. The charges stem from a fight which took place early Sunday on 65th Street Oceanside in Marathon. A third man who took part in the fight is still wanted on an outstanding warrant. Detectives say they are still looking for 20 year old Ottoniel Garcia, who may be hiding out in the Miami area.

The victim was airlifted to a Miami hospital for treatment of injuries to his face and head. The three men reportedly attacked the victim in an argument about nationality; the suspects are Guatemalan and the victim is Cuban.

Anyone who knows where Ottoniel Garcia is should contact the Sheriff’s Office at 305-289-2430 or 305-289-2351. Callers who wish to remain anonymous can call Crime Stoppers of the Florida Keys. If a Crimestoppers tip leads to an arrest, the caller would be eligible for a cash reward. The Crimestoppers hot line number is 1-800-346-TIPS. Tips may be made anonymously on line at www.tipsubmit.com or via a text message to 274637 using the keyword TIP136.

House fire, Big Pine Key

Sheriff’s deputies and firefighters are on the scene of a house fire on Big Pine Key.

A house at 219 West Sandy Circle caught fire. Dispatchers received the report at 5:34 a.m. At this time the fire is still active and firefighters are working to extinguish it. 

January 26, 2017

Man arrested for sexual battery attempt, false imprisonment

A 42 year old Key Largo man was arrested today, accused of attempting to rape a co-worker while holding her against her will and choking her.

The incident took place in the early morning hours in the vicinity of employee housing at the Ocean Reef Resort in Key Largo. Deputies and detectives responded to investigate at 3:20 a.m.

The female victim told investigators she and Jeremiah Kielman went to his room to get some cigarettes. Once in the room, she says he threw her on the bed, held her down, choked her and attempted to rape her.

The victim managed to fight him off and escaped from the room, reporting the incident to her boyfriend, and then to Ocean Reef Public Safety. Ocean Reef Public Safety officers in turn called the Sheriff’s Office.

After an investigation by Major Crimes detectives, Kielman was arrested. He was charged with attempted sexual battery, aggravated battery and false imprisonment. He was booked into jail.

Job opening: Executive Assistant, Internal Affairs

The Monroe County Sheriff's Office has an job opening for "Executive Assistant for the Sheriff's Internal Affairs Unit". The position is located at the headquarters building on Stock Island. Applicants can submit a preliminary job application on line on our website at http://www.keysso.net/admin_divs/hrd/hrd.htm.

January 25, 2017

Warrants issued for fight suspects

Sheriff’s detectives have identified the three men who badly beat another man during an argument over their nationalities. The victim is Cuban and the three suspects are from Guatemala.

The fight took place early Sunday on 65th Street Oceanside in Marathon. The 30 year old victim, Yandy Carrillo, was airlifted for serious injuries to his face and head. He has since been released from the hospital and is recovering at home.

The three men who beat him are identified as 24 year old Luis Garcia-Barrera, 20 year old Ottoniel Garcia and 21 year old Carlitos Garcia. Luis and Carlitos are believed to be brothers and Ottoniel is a cousin of the other two. All three are wanted on outstanding warrants for felony aggravated battery.

Anyone who knows where these men are should contact the Sheriff's Office at 305-289-2430 or 305-289-2351. Callers who wish to remain anonymous can call Crime Stoppers of the Florida Keys. If a Crimestoppers tip leads to an arrest, the caller would be eligible for a cash reward. The Crimestoppers hot line number is 1-800-346-TIPS. Tips may be made anonymously on line at www.tipsubmit.com or via a text message to 274637 using the keyword TIP136.

Two charged with home invasion robbery

Two brothers were arrested Tuesday, charged with home invasion robbery.

Deputies Matt Dowling, Freddy Rodriguez and Lazaro Valdes responded to a trailer at 6500 Maloney Avenue, #28 at 11:30 a.m. and met with the 23 year old  victim who was bleeding from injuries to his head. He told them two men had just robbed him and pistol whipped him with a black semi-automatic handgun. He was able to identify his attackers as 32 year old Orlando Grimon of Stock Island and 26 year old Alain Menendez who is from West Palm Beach. He said he recognized Grimon from pervious contacts. He said Menendez was wearing a mask to disguise himself, but he recognized his voice as Grimon’s brother, Menendez. He said Menendez had a gun, demanded money, and they stole $1,500 in cash from him.

A witness said she saw the two men get into a black four door vehicle parked in front of the trailer. She said at the time she saw them, one was wearing a mask and carrying a handgun.

Grimon is on probation and wears an ankle bracelet. The GPS on the bracelet confirmed he’d been in that location on Stock Island at the time of the robbery. A further check on the current  location of the bracelet showed it to be at a residence on Verde Drive, Big Coppitt Key. Deputies Jenna Moeller and Dyllon Hansen responded to that location, assisted by an agent from Homeland Security and an FHP trooper. They found Grimon at the home and placed him under arrest. They then found Menendez hiding in a shower at the residence and placed him under arrest as well.

Both men were charged with Home Invasion Robbery. Menendez, who was the one armed with a handgun during the robbery, was also charged with aggravated battery for pistol whipping the victim. Grimon was charged with being a principle to the crime. They were booked into jail. The gun used in the crime was recovered and charges related to its possession are pending.

The victim was taken to the hospital for treatment of his injuries.

During the course of investigating the home invasion robbery, drugs were found inside the victim’s home as well as inside the house where the suspects were arrested. Search warrants were obtained for both residences and were served by detectives with the Sheriff’s Special Investigations Unit. Those drug investigations are continuing. Charges are pending against both the victim of the home invasion robbery, against Grimon and Menendez, as well as some others connected with the Big Coppitt home.

January 24, 2017

Sexual Predator notification

As required by Florida law, the Sheriff’s Office is making a public notification of a sexual predator now living in Monroe County.

40 year old John Paul Pita has registered a local address at 2509 Staples Avenue in Key West.

Pita was convicted of Sexual Battery with a weapon in 2006 in Monroe County, Florida.

Sexual Predator notification

As required by Florida law, the Sheriff’s Office is making a public notification of a sexual predator now living in Monroe County.

45 year old Michael Wayne West has registered a local address at 5511 5th Avenue on Stock Island.

West was convicted of lewd and lascivious acts on a child under 16 in both 1988 and in 2009; he was convicted of sexual battery by an adult on a victim under 12 years of age in 1997. All of these crimes occurred in Volusia County, Florida.

Update on stolen motorcycle case:

Update on this story about a stolen motorcycle from December 2, 2016:

After publication of the attached photos and video clip on social media and in area publications, Detective Leon Bourcier received  five separate Crime Stoppers tips identifying the suspect in the photos as 28 year old Jesse Barnett of Marathon. Investigations and  interviews with friends of Barnett put him in the vicinity of Grassy Key, where the motorcycle was recovered, on the approximate date the motorcycle was stolen. Numerous people identified the person in the photos stealing the motorcycle as Barnett.

A warrant was issued for his arrest and he was picked up at his residence on January 19th. He was charged with Grand theft and he was booked into jail.

Thanks to everyone who helped to solve this case!!!!!!


Sheriff’s Detective Leon Bourcier is asking for the public’s help identifying a suspect who stole a  Honda motorcycle from a Marathon residence.

The 2013 Honda 250 CRF was taken from a home on Sombrero Boulevard just after midnight on November 28th. The owner told Deputy Matthew Cory he went to bed on the 27th, there were two matching motorcycles parked next to each other in the driveway. When he woke the next morning, one was gone.

A neighbor was able to produce surveillance video of the suspect as he stole it. The suspect, a white male wearing a stocking cap, dark colored zip up hoodie sweatshirt, blue jeans and sandals, spent about a half an hour working on the steering portion of the bike first; he is apparently unable to start the motorcycle and is seen pushing the bike away from the house.

The motorcycle was later recovered on Grassy Key, near Peachtree Avenue and Crain Street in a wooded area. There were a number of parts missing from the bike including the seat cushion, front headlamp assembly and left fender cover from the rear of the bike.

Anyone with information about this crime should contact the Sheriff's Office at 305-289-2430. Callers who wish to remain anonymous can call Crime Stoppers of the Florida Keys. If a Crimestoppers tip leads to an arrest, the caller would be eligible for a cash reward. The Crimestoppers hot line number is 1-800-346-TIPS. Tips may be made anonymously on line at www.tipsubmit.com or via a text message to 274637 using the keyword TIP136.

Deputies need help locating suspect in drug incident

Suspect William Stokes. Call if you know
where he is and get a cash reward!
Sheriff’s deputies say they need help locating a suspect in a drug related incident that took place on Stock Island Saturday morning.

Deputies Joshua Gordon, Jon Riggs and Sgt. Linda Mixon responded to 2nd Street and Maloney Avenue at 9:30 a.m. Saturday to reports of an unconscious man behind the wheel of a running vehicle. When they arrived, they found 40 year old William Stokes of Big Coppitt Key, passed out behind the wheel of a silver colored Toyota. The car was in gear and there were a number of witnesses on scene who were trying to keep the car from moving backwards. Stokes was unresponsive in the driver’s seat. Deputy Gordon broke the window of the vehicle, opened the door and turned the vehicle off.

Fire/rescue responded to the scene and began to treat Stokes. Paramedics told Deputy Gordon they found a syringe in the suspects arm. A glance into the car revealed more syringes, several crack cocaine rocks and several small bags of white powder suspected to be cocaine. There was a small dog in the back seat and the vehicle smelled strongly of marijuana. The dog was turned over the SPCA for safe keeping.

deputies with seized narcotics and drug paraphernalia.
Left to right, Deputy Jon Riggs, Sgt. Linda Mixon
and Deputy Josh Gordon.
Stokes gave deputies a false name, Will Smith; but a check of the vehicle’s registration revealed his real name. He was taken to the hospital for treatment. He fled from the hospital before deputies could get there to detain him. In the car, deputies found crack and powdered cocaine, marijuana, Heroin, drug paraphernalia and a large amount of cash. A warrant has been issued for his arrest on charges of possession of cocaine, marijuana, Heroin and drug paraphernalia. Bond on the warrant is set at $70,000.

Anyone who knows where Stokes is should contact the Sheriff's Office. Callers who wish to remain anonymous can call Crime Stoppers of the Florida Keys. If a Crimestoppers tip leads to an arrest, the caller would be eligible for a cash reward. The Crimestoppers hot line number is 1-800-346-TIPS. Tips may be made anonymously on line at www.tipsubmit.com or via a text message to 274637 using the keyword TIP136.

January 23, 2017

Key West man charged with illegal dumping

A Key West man is in jail, charged with illegally dumping a felony amount of trash on Sugarloaf Key.

In December, Deputies James Hager, Todd Jones and Ken Fricke investigated the dumping of a large pile of debris on Old Pappy Road, Lower Sugarloaf Key. The pile had been dumped on the right of way at the end of the road. In the pile of trash, they found shipping lables on several card board boxes along with a bill of lading in one of the bags that had been dumped. This evidence led back to an Estate Liquidating business located on Duval Street in Key West.

The owner of the business said he paid 26 year old David Pulido $100 to properly dispose of the trash at the landfill. When Deputy Fricke met with Pulido, he admitted to illegally dumping the trash even though he saw a no dumping sign at that location and knew he was doing something wrong.

The deputies properly disposed of the trash and a warrant was issued for the arrest of Pulido. He was booked into jail last week on felony illegal dumping charges.

Sheriff’s Office to hold vehicle auction

The Sheriff’s Office will be auctioning off 21 surplus vehicles, one surplus traffic sign trailer and a surplus outboard motor in February.
Anyone interested in participating in the auction can find a list of the items to be auctioned on the Sheriff’s Office website, www.keysso.net. Bidding instructions and forms are also available on the website, or can be picked up at the Sheriff’s Office Headquarters building at 5525 College Road on Stock Island. Anyone with questions can contact Fleet Manager Johnnie Young at 305-293-7477 or Purchasing Agent Michael Griffin at 305-292-6832.
The vehicles and other items can be inspected in person on two different dates; January 31st from 9 to 11 a.m. and February 2nd from 2 to 4 p.m. All items EXCEPT the outboard motor can be seen at the Headquarters building on Stock Island. The motor is located at the Sheriff’s Aviation Hanger in Marathon.

All bids must be received on the official bid form by February 9th at 10 a.m. The bids will be opened that same day at 10:30 a.m.

The Sheriff’s Office makes no representation or guarantee of mechanical condition. All sales are as is, no warranty. All sales are final.

The link to the web page with auction information is: http://www.keysso.net/admin_divs/financediv/auction/scheduled_auctions.htm

January 22, 2017

Woman arrested for slashing Trump sign

A woman from Oakland, California who slashed a Trump sign on Big Pine Key was arrested Friday. She told deputies she did it because the sign “ruined her chill”.

Deputies Josh Baer and James Pettorini responded to R & T Vinyl Signs at 5 p.m. The owners of the business told them a woman had slashed their vinyl “Trump” sign. They said she also threatened them while holding a knife in her hand. One of the men was able to take a picture of her vehicle as she was leaving, traveling southbound on highway U.S. One.

Lt. Derek Paul spotted the vehicle at the 19 mile marker of the highway and pulled it over. The driver was identified as 30 year old Elizabeth McSurdy. At first she denied slashing the signs and threatening the men; after she was confronted with the photo and after the victim identified her as the suspect, she admitted to doing the damage to the sign. She denied threatening the men, but admitted to holding the knife during the confrontation. The knife she used was found in the glove compartment.

McSurdy was arrested. She was charged with criminal mischief and aggravated assault and she was booked into jail.

Man arrested for ramming golf cart with truck

A man from Sunrise, Florida was arrested after he rammed his truck into an occupied golf cart at Calusa Campground in Key Largo.

A security guard at the campground told Deputies Titus Hodges and Cody Jackson he went to Lot 361 at 11:30 p.m. Saturday to a report of a disturbance. He said he pulled up in his golf cart, behind a pickup truck parked at the residence.

He said he was sitting in the golf cart when 40 year old Christopher Soccol got into the truck and backed up into the golf cart. He then pulled the truck forward and parked it. A short time later, Soccol got back into the truck and backed into the golf cart a second time.

When deputies arrived, they found Soccol still on the scene. He showed clear signs of intoxication and refused any communication with the deputies. Witnesses at the scene corroborated the victim’s story.

Soccol was arrested. He was charged with aggravated battery and with driving under the influence of alcohol. He was booked into jail.

Man airlifted after fight

 A Marathon man was airlifted to Jackson Memorial Hospital after a fight with three other men early this morning on 65th Street Oceanside in Marathon.

The 30 year old victim, Yandy Carrillo, was at the Nowhere Bar and Grill with friends. The group had a dispute amongst themselves at the bar and the victim and two women who were with him left the bar.

When they got out side and were waiting for a taxi, an acquaintance offered them a ride home. There were two other men in the car with him. The group got into the car and they all drove to 65th Street.

Once there, the two women got out of the car and began walking across the street to go home. They heard arguing behind them. The three men in the car, who are from Guatemala, were arguing with the victim, who is Cuban. The argument was reportedly over the difference in their nationalities.

The three men attacked the victim, hitting and punching him. One of the women intervened and tried to stop the fight. She was pushed to the ground and punched numerous times.

When deputies arrived just after 4 a.m., the three attackers had fled the scene. The victim had to be airlifted to Jackson Memorial Hospital for treatment of severe injuries to his face and head. The women were able to identify the attackers. Their car was found parked at a nearby apartment complex, but deputies were unable to locate the suspects at that location.

Detectives will be investigating the case.

Burglar apprehended by homeowner in Marathon

A Marathon man was charged with burglary early Saturday after he was caught inside a home on 4th Avenue in Marathon.

The owner of the home told Deputies Vincent Torres and Shannon O’Connell he was sleeping at 6 a.m. when he heard the door to his downstairs garage open and close. He went downstairs to check and found 34 year old Jeffrey Preston in the garage, staring at his workbench.

He confronted Preston, asking what he was doing. Preston said he was “just trying to help his people”. The victim told Preston to follow him upstairs and instructed his wife to call the police.

As the victim was waiting for deputies to arrive, Preston became agitated. When deputies arrived, the victim was controlling Preston by holding him in a choke hold from behind.

Preston was arrested. When deputies asked him what he was doing in the home, he could not explain. He said he’d been drinking at the Hurricane Bar and Grill and does not know why he was inside the home on 4th Avenue. When the deputies asked what he meant when he said he wanted to “help his people”, he could not elaborate. A search of his pockets turned up a cigarette pack with marijuana inside.

Preston was charged with burglary and possession of marijuana. He was booked into jail.

Homeless man faces multiple burglary and theft charges

A 54 year old homeless man was arrested Saturday. He is accused of burglarizing several boats at Strike Zone Charters on Big Pine Key.

Deputy Ken Fricke responded to the business on Friday after the owner reported catching 54 year old Bart Hesson rummaging through boats on the property and taking items. He said he confronted Hesson and told him to leave the area. He snapped a photo of Hesson as he left and then called the Sheriff’s Office to report it.

Deputy Fricke searched for Hesson in the area but could not find him. The following day, Deputy Fricke responded back to the charter business. The owner said video surveillance of the property showed Hesson returning to the property and going through more boats. He is also shown on video trying to pry open a shed door. The shed has an alarm, which went off and interrupted the attempt.  He said he thinks Hesson slept on one of the boats because he found a bed made out of towels.

Deputy Fricke found Hesson at Winn Dixie Plaza on Big Pine Key later on Saturday. Hesson was caught leaving the Winn Dixie store without paying for a Foster’s beer he had in his pocket. Hesson admitted to going on to boats on both days and taking items from them that did not belong to him. He was charged with four counts of burglary, four counts of theft and one count of attempted burglary. He was also charged with theft of the beer from the store.

Hesson was booked into jail.

January 21, 2017

Update on missing girl: found and safe

The missing Big Pine Key girl, Anna Rogers, has been found safe. The Sheriff’s Office would like to thank everyone who assisted with searching for Anna and with information which helped to locate her.

Shortly after Anna Roger’s photo and information was released to the public, a witness called to say she knew where Anna was. She’d gone offshore with a family on their boat. She told the family she had permission to go.

She is currently in the custody of law enforcement and is being returned to her mother, safe.

Girl missing on Big Pine Key

The Sheriff’s Office is searching for a 10 year old girl missing on Big Pine Key. 10 year old Anna Rogers asked her mother if she could walk to the library from their home on Big Pine Key. She last contacted her mother at 12:22 p.m. by text indicating she was on her way. She never reached the library. She is five feet tall, medium build with short blond hair and blue eyes. Anyone with info about where she might be should call the Sheriff's Office immediately.

January 20, 2017

Man arrested for gun threats on Big Coppitt Key

A 21 year old Big Coppitt Key man was arrested this morning for making threats with a gun.

Sheriff’s dispatchers received a call at 7:45 a.m. of a man waving a gun in the vicinity of Barcelona Drive on Big Coppitt Key. Detectives David Cruz and Spencer Curry were in the area and responded. The suspect was reported to be wearing a gold sweater and a belt with a Chrome belt buckle.

They found Douby Ernest in the area. He fit the description. He was walking, straddling a bike, with a woman beside him. When the Detectives ordered him to stop, he failed to comply.

He finally began to get off of his bike and fell into some bushes. When the detectives finally got him handcuffed on the ground, they found he was in possession of a .22 caliber handgun. He was also found to have a bag full of ammunition for the gun and some marijuana.

Deputy Darren Jensen arrived as backup. He took custody of Douby and took him to jail. Witnesses interviewed by the detectives said they saw Douby talking with a man and waving the gun around. One witness said she heard him making threats.

Douby was charged with aggravated assault, carrying a concealed weapon without a license, improper exhibition of a firearm and possession of marijuana.

January 19, 2017

Naked wanted woman arrested for hitting deputy

A woman wanted on an outstanding warrant answered her door with no clothes on when deputies went there to serve the warrant. She then attacked the deputies and threatened to kill them.

53 year old Kim Larman of Silver Springs Drive in Key Largo was wanted for contempt of court reference a violation of an injunction for stalking. Sgt. Scott Ward and Deputy Christopher Kilmurray knocked on her door at 9 p.m. Wednesday. She answered the door completely unclothed.

When they told her they were there to serve a warrant, she used obscene language to let them know she was not going to cooperate and go with them. As she turned and walked away from the door, they followed her inside.

She walked toward the bedroom as the officers continued to order her to stop. As she lay down on her bed, they asked her if she had any weapons in the residence. She replied, “If I had a gun then I would shoot you and kill you.”

They attempted to take her into custody and she fought with them, charging at Sgt. Ward and pushing him in the chest with both hands. They were finally able to handcuff her. They covered her with a blanket and took her to jail.

Larman was charged with the warrant. She was also charged with battery on a law enforcement officer, making threats against a law enforcement officer and resisting arrest with violence and she was booked into jail.

January 18, 2017

Detective looks for help identifying suspects in credit card fraud

Sheriff’s Detective Rosa DiGiovanni is looking for help from the public to identify two female suspects in a credit card fraud case she is investigating.

videoThe victim reported the theft of her credit card on December 22nd. It had been taken from her purse, where she kept it behind the counter at the store where she works in Marathon. The card was subsequently used to make six different purchases for a total of $2,055 before the fraud was spotted and the card was cancelled.

Detective DiGiovanni was assigned to investigate the case. She obtained surveillance video from the Winn Dixie grocery store in Marathon, one of the locations where the card was used. The suspects were identified in the video as two black females, heavy set; one was wearing a red and white Santa hat. They were driving a small white colored four door sedan.

Anyone with information about this crime should contact the Sheriff's Office. Callers who wish to remain anonymous can call Crime Stoppers of the Florida Keys. If a Crimestoppers tip leads to an arrest, the caller would be eligible for a cash reward. The Crimestoppers hot line number is 1-800-346-TIPS. Tips may be made anonymously on line at www.tipsubmit.com or via a text message to 274637 using the keyword TIP136.


Drug arrest after traffic stop

Erratic driving led to the arrest of a Big Coppitt Key man for marijuana possession.

Detectives with the Monroe County HIDTA Task Force this morning saw a gray colored Dodge RAM truck southbound at the 21 mile marker at 3 a.m. The truck was driving erratically, swerving from side to side. The detectives called for assistance in stopping the truck. Deputy Garrett Bragg was in the area and stopped the truck at the 17 mile marker of the highway.

A Key West Police K-9 team responded to the traffic stop as backup, along with agents from Customs and Border Protection Air and Marine Operations and Border Patrol.

The driver of the truck was identified as 52 year old Tony Morejon; the passenger was identified as 27 year old Chad Wassman.

During the traffic stop, Wassman was found to have a small amount of marijuana in his pocket. The K-9, trained in drug detection, alerted to the presence of drugs in the truck. A search of the truck turned up three large vacuum seal bags filled with a total of 820 grams of marijuana; rolling papers and other drug paraphernalia were also found in the truck.

After questioning the two men, it was determined the marijuana in the truck belonged to Morejon. Morejon was arrested, charged with possessing a felony amount of marijuana and with possession of drug paraphernalia and he was booked into jail. Wassman was not charged.

Sheriff’s honors members of the quarter

On Friday in a ceremony in Marathon, the Sheriff’s Office recognized its members of the fourth quarter for 2016. These members were chosen for this honor due to exceptional service during the period of October - December of 2016. Left to right, Sheriff Rick Ramsay; Explorer of the Quarter Mako Geide; Deputy of the Quarter Alexandra Davis; Detention Deputy of the Quarter Anthony Lopez and Support member of the Quarter Human Resources Specialist Suzanne Alexander.