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5 more arrests in St. Johns County meth crackdown

54 warrants issued, several homes demolished in meth bust


Five more people have been arrested for a one of the largest methamphetamine drug busts St Johns County has ever seen.

The year-long investigation resulted in 54 warrants on charges ranging from production to distribution.

In addition to the dozens initially arrested in the July sweep, five more have been arrested in the operation known as Ancient City Brewers II.

They are:

  • Jonathan Allen Parish, 39
  • Steven Allen McQuaig, 45
  • Thor Harold Bahrman, 32
  • Melanie Summer Hawkins, 20
  • Vanessa Eileen Register, 25
     

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Register had two separate arrest warrants against her.

Over the course of the operation, which also involved the Drug Enforcement Administration, U.S. Marshal's Service, and the 7th Circuit State Attorney's Office, five meth labs were shut down. Three of the homes had been demolished by the time the Sheriff's Office announced the sweep.

Another at Ravenswood Drive and Masters Street in St. Augustine was torn down Wednesday.

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Deputies said children were living in some of the houses where meth was made -- and the Ravenswood home that was demolished Wednesday morning was only 1,000 feet from an elementary school.

The St Johns County Sheriff’s Office said that in addition to the 54 warrants, there were over 300 other people connected to the extensive drug operation. Most of the meth was made in 16-ounce bottles known as shake and bakes.

Officials said they are still looking for the last three people involved in the meth investigation:

  • Allison L. Beyer, 34, Palm Coast
  • Dustin Ryan Hitchcock, 26, St. Augustine
  • Brenda Elaine Manucy, 43, St. Augustine

Anyone with information on the location of the remaining suspects is asked to call Crime Stoppers of Northeast Florida at 1-888-277-TIPS.


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