Shakedown at Lee County Jail

Inmates at the Lee County Jail got a sur­prise Tuesday when a team of jailers, narcotics agents and detectives with the Lee County Sheriff’s Office “tossed the cells” looking for contraband. On this day, officers didn’t find any illegal drugs or weapons, but did confiscate a large stash of jail canteen food from one inmate’s cell and took a large bag of toothbrush­es, which inmates have in the past sharpened into makeshift knives, from another.

Sheriff Tracy Carter said such searches will be held reg­ularly not only to keep jail staff safe, but also to protect inmates.

“We want to make sure our inmates are treated well,” Carter said. The searches mostly entailed officers going through cells as the inmates stood outside. Buvi, the department’s drug sniffing dog, was brought along to help. After the search, Carter said that even items such as large stashes of food are considered safety hazards and health violations. “Jail inspectors can come in here and shut us down if we don’t keep things healthy and safe,” he said. “We have to take precautions to prevent inmates from hoarding up food. They may be selling them or gambling for them.” While most of the inmates cooperated with the searches, some ques­tioned the jail staff and deputies who were on hand. “I feel violated,” one said from his cell, to the laughter of other inmates. Another demanded angrily to know why his cell was being searched. Carter said such behav­ior by inmates was a per­fect example of why jail staff have one of the hard­est jobs in law enforce­ment. “These guys are out here on the front lines every day,” he said. “They’re dealing with criminals all day long.”

Break-In Arrest leads to $32K cocaine bust!

Charlie Lee Jones, 36 of Sanford, after being arrested by Sanford Police officers, struck a deal with law enforcement and turned in Ernest Brown who resided in Thornewood Village, who was charged with trafficking cocaine and other drug related charges. After Jones was interegated by staff at the Lee County Sheriff's office, he confessed to the break-in's at a local school and then advised them where the items had been taken. After a search warrant was obtained, Sheriff's Office staff served the warrant at Brown's residence and found nearly 3 ounces of crack cocaine, $1,000.00 in cash, firearms and stolen property.

Lee County Deputies Arrest Two in Drug Bust

Lee County Sheriff's Deputies arrested two people and seized an ounce and a half of crack cocaine Thursday.

Michael Latorio Harrington, 26, of 47 Crestview St. was charged with trafficking cocaine after agents with the Lee County Sheriff stopped his vehicle on Brookhaven Drive and after conducting a search, found contraband valued at $11,600. Deputies then seized his vehicle along with $2,000.00 in cash. Information obtained from the suspect led them to another residence, belonging to Tina Louise Jefferson, where additional cocaine was located, valued at $5,600.00. Both subjects were booked into the lovely Lee County jail under secured bond.