HCSO Makes Multiple Arrests Following Motel Drug Bust

BONIFAY, Fla. - Ten people are behind bars in Bonifay after Holmes County Sheriffs investigators set up shop for a motel drug sting.

Investigators made their eleventh arrest in connection to the drug sting Tuesday.

The undercover operation came to a head last Friday night at the Economy Lodge on Highway 90 in Bonifay.

Those arrested are now facing charges for trafficking methamphetamine and making transactions.

"A couple months ago we started receiving complaints from citizens around Bonifay about illegal drug activity happening at one of our local motels here in town," said Sheriff John Tate.

Those tips then led to search warrants for two rooms at the motel, and later on one more room. 

"On Friday night, we served those search warrants, on those rooms, around 9 o'clock and was able to take several individuals into custody," said Tate.

Tate said the sting lasted until nearly 2 a.m. the next morning.

"Basically what happens is we get someone who wants to cooperate, we have officers in the room. And once the transaction is made inside the room, we take the suspects down inside the room," said Tate.

Tate said some of what investigators seized that night included two ounces of meth, some marijuana, cash, and a Lexus car.

The drugs totaled $3,000.

Tate also said the undercover operation led investigators to a few more arrests at a home on the 600 block of West Kansas Avenue where there was also meth trafficking.

"In order to get 10 people in one night; it's a huge success because it's a matter of minutes, a matter of time before people find out not to go to the motel because law is there," said Tate.

Tate credits the residents in Bonifay for providing information on the illegal activities.

"The majority of the information we receive is from people who care about the community and want to help and try to clean up the community," said Tate.

Sheriff Tate said the State Attorney's Office in Bonifay also assisted in the investigation.

The investigation is still ongoing as more details develop.


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