Credit Card Skimmers Found In Lee County

If you are not aware, a credit card skimmer (though it can work with a debit card as well) is a device inserted into a machine that reads credit cards and steals the information off of it.  A skimmer device was located on a gas pump in Southern Lee county this week.

Some credit card skimmers are placed right over the display itself to take your card and copy its information. So when you go to pump your gas or make a transaction with the ATM, check to see if it’s secure. This can be the slot where you put in your card or the key panel.  If it feels loose, do not use it. If it looks different than other pumps at the same location, do not use it. And if you pop it off, definitely do not use it. Report it to the nearest law enforcement agency ASAP.

Be on the lookout when using your debit or credit card.  Here are some simple rules to follow to protect your identity and your bank account;

1.    No transaction is 100% safe
2.    Keep check on your accounts and verify your statements often
3.    Chip transactions are much safer than swipe transactions
4.    Use the credit option instead of debit.  They are much easier to cancel and/or dispute

Gas Transactions:
1.    Skimmers target pumps at stores that close over night
2.    Always check for external devices attached to the pump
3.    Look for the security tape on the pump
4.    Go inside and pay if possible
5.    When in doubt, don’t… Go somewhere else

28 Year Old Woman Arrested for Drugs

On Tuesday, July 18th, Lee County Sheriff’s Office Narcotics agents arrested Felicia Nicole Salmon, age 28 of 6831 Old Jefferson Davis Highway, Sanford. Salmon was found by agents to be unlawfully possessing 5 Suboxone strips. Salmon was charged with 1 count of possession with the intent to sell and deliver a schedule III substance, 1 count of felony maintaining a vehicle used to store illegal controlled substance, and 1 count of misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia. Salmon was held under a $20,000.00 secured bond.

Project Lazarus


Did you know that the majority of people who misuse prescription medications get the medication from a family member or friend?

Research has shown that those who unintentionally or intentionally use a medication not prescribed to them get access to the medication from someone who has a valid prescription.1 This means that the homes of family members, loved ones, and friends are all access sites to prescription medications. 

When these medications fall into the wrong hands, the consequences can be deadly. Accidental ingestion by family members or friends, including seniors, children, teens, and even pets, can result in death or serious physical and/or mental harm. 

It is estimated that 100 people die from overdoses everyday.  Most of those overdoses are from prescription medications, such as pain relievers (opioids) like oxycodone, morphine, methadone, hydrocodone, fentanyl, and codeine. 

You can help prevent misuse, diversion, and overdose from prescription medications by: 
•Always taking your medications correctly, as prescribed by your practioner or provider.

•Storing your medications in a lock box out of reach from children, guests, and pets.

•Disposing of your medications by taking your unused or expired medications to a permanent pill disposal drop box at the Sanford Police Dept. or Lee County Sheriff’s Office.

•Never share your medication.

For more information please visit projectlazarus.org 

South Plank Road Man Shot and Killed; Homeowner Charged



Updated Press Release
7/14/2017 @ 2:00 PM

Rhonda Kaye Williams (48) of 320 S. Plank Rd., Sanford was arrested at her home by Lee County Sheriff’s Office Detectives and charged w/ 1st degree Murder for the death Bryant Latrelle Martin. Williams is being held under no bond. Williams’ version of events that occurred at her residence on 7/13/2017 didn’t match up w/ evidence found on scene.


This is still an active and ongoing investigation.


7/13/2017 @ 10:52AM    The Lee County Sheriff’s Office was called to 320 S. Plank Rd. in Lee County to a man who had been shot. Upon deputies arrival they found Bryant Latrelle Martin (29) of 281 S. Plank Rd. Sanford in the yard and had suffered a gunshot wound to the chest. Martin was pronounced deceased on scene.

The homeowner of 320 S. Plank Rd., reported she heard her door knob being jiggled and retrieved her pistol. When she answered the door she reported Martin attempted to force his way into her residence and got into a struggle w/ Martin. The homeowner reported she fired her weapon several times at Martin and he fled. The homeowner’s son called 911. The investigation is ongoing.

Pond View Lane Woman Arrested for Possession



On Wednesday, July 12, 2017 the Lee County Sheriff’s Office Narcotics agents arrested Bianca Toro, age 27 of 169 Pond View Lane, Sanford.

Toro was found to be unlawfully in possession of 21 Hydrocodone pills and 2 Methadone pills, as well numerous items of drug paraphernalia.

Toro was charged with 1 count of trafficking opium by possession, 1 count of trafficking by transportation, 1 count possession with the intent to sell and deliver a controlled substance, and 1 count of misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia.

Toro was jailed under a $100,000.00 secured bond.

Steel Bridge Road Couple Arrested Following Chase, Drugs and Stolen Firearm


On Saturday, July 1st 2017, the Lee County Sheriff’s Office Narcotics agents arrested Akil Matthew Mcaden age 34, of 3990 Steel Bridge Road, Sanford. After an attempt to elude agents in a vehicle and to destroy evidence, Mcaden was apprehended and taken into custody.

Agents had three outstanding arrest warrants for Mcaden. Mcaden was processed by agents for 3 counts of possession with the intent to sell and deliver heroin, 3 counts of selling heroin, 2 counts of felony maintaining a dwelling place (3990 Steel Bridge Road) used for the storage and sales of illegal controlled substances and 3 counts of misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia. It is unclear at this time what exactly Mcaden attempted to destroy while in the process of eluding agents, but a small amount was recovered from the road side in a clear plastic bag. Agents are treating it as possibly the deadly drug fentanyl that is being mixed into the already potent drug heroin. Mcaden was jailed under a $100,000.00 secured bond.

Meanwhile agents applied for a search warrant of the residence and property located at 3990 Steel Bridge Road, Sanford. Agents executed the search warrant and during the course of the search agents located a stolen Glock model 19 firearm, 4.3 grams of heroin, 45 dosage units of Suboxone, and 2.9 grams of marijuana.

It was later discovered by agents that the Glock model 19 firearm had been reported stolen on June 19th to the Sanford Police Department.

Jessica McCoy age 27, the other primary resident of 3990 Steel Bridge Road, Sanford was arrested by agents and charged with 1 count of trafficking heroin, 1 count of possession with the intent to sell and deliver 45 dosage units of Suboxone, 1 count of possession of a stolen firearm, and 1 count of misdemeanor possession of marijuana.

Mcaden who was currently in the Lee County Jail was charged with the additional charges, 1 count of trafficking heroin, 1 count of possession with the intent to sell and deliver 45 dosage units of Suboxone, 1 count of felony possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, 1 count of possession of a stolen firearm, 1 count of flee to elude, and 1 count of misdemeanor possession of marijuana. Akil Matthew Mcaden was jailed under an additional $190,000.00 secured bond totaling $290,000.00 on all charges with the exception to the charge of possession of firearm by felon.

Mcaden was placed under a no bond status.

McCoy was jailed under a $175,000.00 bond.