39 arrested, 13 sought in 'Operation Summer Heat'

By Erik Avanier - Reporter

ST. JOHNS COUNTY, Fla. - Detectives with the St. Johns County Sheriff's Office asked for help tracking down 13 people who were sought in an undercover narcotics investigation, which was dubbed "Operation Summer Heat."

According to the Sheriff's Office, detectives carried out a weeklong sweep, arresting people who were suspected in the sales of narcotics in St. Johns County. The suspects are accused of selling drugs to undercover operatives during several ongoing investigations over the past year.

"It's alway important when they take that kind of thing off the street," said Chad Henry, a St. Augustine resident. "It encourages people."

During the operation, 39 people were arrested, the Sheriff's Office said. A total of 52 people had outstanding warrants.

"Those 52 individuals all had active warrants for the sale of opium, heroin, meth, cocaine or synthetic drugs," said Chuck Mulligan with the St. Johns County Sheriff's Office.

The 13 people who were still sought as of Monday evening included:

  • Anthony Garcia
  • Crystal Jean Gibson
  • Curtis Clinton Jones Jr.
  • Edward Keith Bryant Jr.
  • Frank Albert De Los Santos
  • John Patrick Dale
  • Kyle Andrew Goettl
  • Shawn Devon Taylor
  • Raymond Gerald Badger
  • Scott Allen Brown
  • Tyus Udell Kornegay
  • William Jason Mahr
  • William Louis Maddox III

Anyone with information that can help deputies track down the remaining 13 people is asked to contact the Sheriff's Office at 904-824-8304 or Crime Stoppers anonymously at 1-888-277-TIPS.

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