Fountain, Fla. - The Bay County Sheriff's Office arrested 41 people in a month-long operation in the Fountain area.
In a news release, deputies said they recovered of a meth lab, served five search warrants and conducted 103 traffic stops.
They seized synthetic narcotics, marijuana, and methamphetamine. In some of these homes, children were present, resulting in six charges of child neglect on six individuals, officials added.
"The emphasis of the operation was put on identifying and arresting known drug offenders as well as other habitual law violators in the area," officials wrote. "In addition, deputies and investigators made contact with area businesses and citizens to strengthen relationships between law enforcement and residents. Most residents expressed their appreciation of the increased presence of law enforcement."
One individual, Michael Beebe, 24, of the 12000 block of French Lane Drive, Fountain, was approached by investigators on the first day of the operation because of an outstanding warrant. He fled on foot. Investigators found a car next to Beebe's residence and discovered it was stolen. An additional warrant for vehicle theft was obtained. Investigators searched tirelessly for Beebe for fourteen days before making contact and placing him into custody. In addition to the outstanding warrant for failure to appear on domestic violence, Beebe now faces charges of resisting an officer without violence, and vehicle theft.
"I would also like to encourage residents to contact the Bay County Sheriff's Office anytime they feel they have information that would be useful to law enforcement," Sheriff Tommy Ford said. "We will be conducting similar operations in the future as the need arises."
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