On Friday, July 14 and the early hours of Saturday, July 15th, the Gilchrist County Sheriff’s Office combined efforts with the Levy County Sheriff’s Office to more effectively enforce traffic laws in the Fanning Springs and Trenton area.
Deputies from both counties used the traffic enforcement to protect citizens and to help deter or stop the flow of contraband in these areas by having a higher presence of law enforcement in mutual areas of concern.
One of the arrests that was made during operation “Time’s Up” was Kenneth Myron Staley, a white male, born January 26, 1961 of Bell, Florida for an outstanding Gilchrist County Warrant. The warrant was for sale of opiates within 1000 feet of a place of worship or convenience store and unlawful use of a two-way communication device. The arrest was made at the Cadillac Motel in Fanning Springs, Florida. Detective Sgt. Keagon Weatherford made the arrest. Total Bond was set at $125,000.
It was reported that Kenneth Myron Staley is the father of Kevin Justice Staley and brother of Kevin Lawrence Staley who were murdered at a mobile home on CR 340 near Bell on November 5, 2015.
Detective Sgt. Clint Anderson arrested Robert William Sullivan, white male, date of birth September 3, 1979, of Trenton, Florida. Sullivan was arrested for Possession of a Controlled Substance (crystal methamphamine), Possession of a Controlled Substance (methadone), Possession of Cannabis less than 20 grams, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, and operating a motor vehicle with a suspended or revoked drivers license. Total Bond was set at $30,000.00.
Trip Lancaster, Mayor of the City of Fanning Springs said, “The City of Fanning Springs is very grateful to the Gilchrist County Sheriff’s Office and the Levy County Sheriff’s Office for helping rid us of this bad element in our community.”
Investigators also used the opportunity to gain valuable intelligence on criminal activity in the areas. A total of 48 traffic stops were conducted resulting in warnings, citations, and two arrests. Deputies reported that they received a lot of positive feed back from the citizens and they were very appreciative for the GCSO’s and LCSO’s efforts.
Sheriff Bobby Schultz said he would like to thank Levy County Sheriff Bobby McCallum, for assisting in this operation. The Gilchrist County Sheriff’s Office has conducted similar operations in the past with the Dixie County Sheriff’s Office, Lafayette County Sheriff’s Office, The Florida Highway Patrol and the Chiefland Police Department. More operations with other jurisdictions can be anticipated in the future according to Sheriff Bobby Schultz.