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Police Briefs 4/20/23

Clay County Sheriff's Office
Posted 4/20/23

SWAT team ends standoff by firing gas at man wanted on drug chargesORANGE PARK – According to the Clay County Sheriff’s Office, it needed to shoot gas into his car to arrest a Duval …

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Police Briefs 4/20/23


SWAT team ends standoff by firing gas at man wanted on drug charges
ORANGE PARK – According to the Clay County Sheriff’s Office, it needed to shoot gas into his car to arrest a Duval County man wanted arrested on April 12 after a confidential source bought fentanyl and crack cocaine within 1,000 feet of a school in session.
In addition to the drug charges, Rydell Omar Green, 25, of Jacksonville, was charged with possession of drug paraphernalia and resisting arrest after the CCSO SWAT team had to shoot gas into his car in the parking lot of a fast-food restaurant after he refused to get out of his car.
Green, whose bond was set at $665,001, was also charged with child abuse because the transaction occurred during school hours near Orange Park High.
Deputies used an informant to buy $580 of fentanyl and $220 of crack cocaine on Blanding Boulevard on April 6. According to the arrest report, the informant was supposed to purchase methamphetamine, but Green didn’t have it. To appease the buyer, Green offered to sell crack cocaine.
When deputies attempted to arrest him, Green laid down in the front seat and refused to comply to commands to get out of the car, which prompted the SWAT team to end the standoff with gas.

CCSO: Man busted for selling meth, cocaine, fentanyl to informant
ORANGE PARK – A Jacksonville man was taken to the Clay County Jail after the Sheriff’s Office said he sold methamphetamine, fentanyl and cocaine to a confidential informant working with the agency.
Michael James Dugan, 20, of Jacksonville, was charged on April 12 with delivering all three drugs at a controlled purchase on Blanding Boulevard.
According to the arrest report, the informant got into the passenger seat of Dugan’s car in a parking lot and purchased the drugs for $420. The transaction was recorded on video.
Dugan’s bond was set at $300,009. He will be back in court on May 15.

Middleburg felon pleads guilty to possessing ammunition
JACKSONVILLE – A Middleburg man is now awaiting sentencing after pleading guilty to possessing ammunition as a convicted felon.
Cody Mack McCormick, 35, faces a maximum 15-year sentence.
According to court documents, on Dec. 12, the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida issued a search warrant authorizing the search of McCormick’s home. The next day, McCormick agreed to be interviewed by a Special Agent from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. During the interview, McCormick told the agent that there were no firearms in his home, but there was ammunition. McCormick admitted he was a convicted felon and confirmed he knew that he could not legally possess firearms.
After interviewing McCormick, law enforcement searched his home and uncovered 317 rounds of ammunition on shelves in McCormick’s bedroom. When asked, McCormick provided the combination to a safe, which was also in his bedroom. Inside the safe, agents found 43 additional rounds of ammunition and the registration to McCormick’s car. As a previously convicted felon, McCormick is prohibited from possessing firearms and ammunition under federal law.
The case was investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, the Clay County Sheriff’s Office, U.S. Customs and Border Protection, the Drug Enforcement Administration and the St. Johns County Sheriff’s Office. Assistant U.S. Attorney Michael J. Coolican is prosecuting it.
This case is part of Project Safe Neighborhoods, a program bringing together all levels of law enforcement and the communities they serve to reduce violent crime and gun violence and to make neighborhoods safer for everyone.
On May 26, 2021, the Department launched a violent crime reduction strategy strengthening PSN based on those core principles: fostering trust and legitimacy in our communities, supporting community-based organizations that help prevent violence from occurring in the first place, setting focused and strategic enforcement priorities and measuring the results.

Man caught with methamphetamine, sleeping in stolen boat
MIDDLEBURG – A local man accused of stealing a boat from Black Creek Drive got into more trouble when Clay County Sheriff’s Office deputies found a baggie with methamphetamine in his shirt pocket while he was he was booked into the county jail.
Lucas Matthew Jeffers, 24, of Middleburg, was charged with grand theft, the introduction of contraband into jail and possession of methamphetamine on April 12 after a CCSO Marine Unit deputy recognized a boat on Black Creek that was reported stolen on April 11.
According to the arrest report, the boat was floating under some trees on the bank. They found Jeffers sleeping in the boat, less than 300 yards from where the boat was reported stolen.
Deputies said Jeffers admitted to taking the boat.
His bond was set at $30,006.