Police Briefs 11/14/19


Middleburg drug raid leads to litany of drugs

MIDDLEBURG – A 41-year-old woman was arrested in connection to a drug raid Nov. 5 at her home at 1795 Rideout Ferry Road.

Deanna Kristen Miles was booked into the Clay County Jail, facing charges of operating a house for drug activity, possession of methamphetamine and three counts of selling methamphetamine.

The Clay County Sheriff’s Office started watching Miles’ mobile home “due to ongoing drug activity” after a confidential informant reportedly bought drugs there three times between Sept. 1 and Oct. 3.

Members of the SWAT and Narcotics teams swarmed the property on Oct. 4.

Although Miles wasn’t home, deputies found Edwin Browning hiding in a closet, but he escaped and eventually barricaded himself at a neighbor’s house. He eventually was arrested at charged with battery on a police officer, attempting to escape, non-support, possession of methamphetamine, a controlled substance with intent to sell, manufacture or deliver, of drug paraphernalia, resisting arrest, driving with a suspended license and attempting to elude a police officer.

Browning’s still in jail with a $116,024 bond.

Miles was arrested on Oct. 30 and charged with possession of methamphetamine. Charges for selling drugs and maintaining a dwelling for drugs were added while she was in jail. Her bond was set at $250,015.

CCSO: Five caught ripping off undercover drug buy

MIDDLEBURG – Five people were arrested Nov. 7 after the Clay County Sheriff’s Office said they took off with $650 from a confidential informant during an undercover drug buy for an ounce of methamphetamine.

Wendell Kirk White, 31, Jennifer Michelle Karneol, 33, Brandie Danielle Johnson, 33, and James R. Brown, 44, all of Middleburg, and James Stewart Dow Jr., 26, of Orange Park were charged with armed robbery. White also was charged with resisting arrest, while Dow was charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.

Deputies arranged a “controlled narcotics purchase” with White. The informant met with White on Blanding Boulevard. As soon as White took the money, Dow sped away, but not before striking the informant with the car.

Karneol, Johnson and Brown were passengers in the car, CCSO said.

White’s car immediately was stopped. The $650 and three used syringes fell from White as he exited the car.

The confidential informant wasn’t injured, according to the arrest report.

Tailgater faces six drug charges after traffic stop

MAXVILLE – A 24-year-old man was arrested Nov. 6 after Clay County Sheriff’s Office deputies found him carrying drugs during a traffic stop for tailgating.

Jacob Levi Carter, of Maxville, was charged with possession of hydromorphone, Subutex sublingual, methamphetamine, fentanyl, heroin and drug paraphernalia.

CCSO was on “proactive patrol” along County Road 218 when deputies noticed Carter’s pickup truck crossing the double-yellow line and following too closely behind another vehicle. They found a syringe, spoon, straw and other drugs in his pants pockets.

K9 Diesel conducted a sniff-search of the truck and alerted deputies to other drugs in a lock box behind the passenger seat.

Carter was in the Clay County Jail with a $130,017 bond.

Hit-and-run driver of unmarked police car goes to jail

FLEMING ISLAND – A suspected hit-and-run driver of an unmarked police car was arrested Nov. 6, 15 days after the accident on Eagle Harbor Parkway.

Dustin J. Murray, 37, of Fleming Island, was charged with leaving the scene of an accident, failure to obey an order by a police officer and fleeing and eluding after Clay County Sheriff’s Office deputies said he drove away after he rear-ended an unmarked car. Deputies found him at his Eagle Harbor home, but he refused to cooperate until they returned with a warrant. They returned on Wednesday and arrested him.


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