Investigation Leads to Illegal Drugs, 30 Guns and Counterfeit Money

Marianna, Fla. - Two men are behind bars tonight and facing a list of charges. Following an investigation, the Jackson County Sheriff's Office concluded an investigation into the illegal possession of firearms and drugs. News 13's Peyton LoCicero has the details on what was discovered.

"We think that the drugs were being exchanged for articles such as, fire arms which were taken to the defendant's home," said Lou Roberts, Jackson County Sheriff.

"On the table here in front of you, is proceeds from a search warrant and subsequently arrest on the 11th at a residence just south of Graceville near the Washington County line," shared Sheriff Roberts.

Taken into custody was 56-year-old, Ben Stuart Granberry. The operation led to the issuance of search warrants for Granberry's residence near the Ritcher's Crossroads area. Upon arrival, the search team found nearly 700 prescription meds in pill form that are currently being examined.  

"We also have currency that was seized by the investigators and staff. It was $13,254," said Roberts.
Granberry is a list facing of charges: possession of a firearm by convicted felon, trafficking in methamphetamine, possession of a controlled substance-cocaine, possession of a controlled substance-MDMA and possession of a controlled substance-synthetic marijuana.

"The cooperation of other agency such as the Washington County Sheriff's office. It benefits both of us. This community is a very rural area and this gentleman was what I'd consider a major supplier of drugs in that area," said Sheriff Roberts.

"As a result of the Granberry investigation,we have identified Washington County residents as acquaintances  of Granberry," said Kevin Crews, Washington County Sheriff.

Through this operation, investigators identifies 35-year-old Brandon Donald Taylor. Taylor is currently, in Washington County Jail on a "no bond."

The investigation is still ongoing and more information is being developed. 

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