ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. – The St. Augustine Police Department arrested nine people on drug charges over a three-day period, the law enforcement agency announced Friday.
The Police Department said its Special Response Team and Investigations Division served three warrants in a span of three days at homes on Louise Street, Nesmith Avenue and Isabel Street.
Police didn't disclose the dates the warrants were executed. But Troy Dillard told News4Jax that he woke up Friday morning and saw police searching his neighbors' home on Isabel Street, which is right next to a school.
"Just waking up to a very loud bang, almost like a bomb going off, and hearing the police yelling, 'Open the door. Police. Open the door.' Next thing I know, we’re looking out the window and there’s police surrounding the house back there," Dillard said. “Surprised a little bit, but not really because there’s been activity at that house and it seemed like there may have been something going on."
Police identified the nine arrested as Sally Waters, Candace Webb, Billie Boutwell, Chad Bruns, Travis Vazquez, Megan Carey, Dustan Dubose, Kimberly Joiner and Jonathan Kelly.
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The charges include maintaining a drug dwelling/public nuisance, possession of methamphetamine, trafficking methamphetamine, manufacturing in methamphetamine, possession of methamphetamine with intent to sell, possession of marijuana, possession of paraphernalia and possession of prescription drugs without a prescription.
Dillard said he feels safer knowing police are moving the drugs out of his neighborhood.
"The more they bust, the better it is," he said.
Police said the arrests are a result of their commitment to keeping the community safe and getting rid of drugs in the city.