Monday, October 03, 2016
A concerned citizen called the DeFuniak Springs Police Department on Saturday morning to report drug activity in the parking lot of an apartment complex.
Officers responded to the Oakdale Garden Apartments located at 226 N. 1st street on Saturday around 9 a.m. in reference to a report of drug activity in the parking lot. Upon arrival they made contact with two men in a Ford Mustang. As Officers questioned the occupants of the vehicle, the back seat passenger threw a large hat in the lap of the driver to conceal something. While talking with the driver, he exited the vehicle and dropped a plastic baggie containing Marijuana on the ground. He picked it up and tossed it onto the seat of the vehicle. The passenger then exited the vehicle and began to walk away.
Officers were able to detain 25 year old Joseph Beeler and 26 year old Tiyari Hogan for possession of drugs.
A search of the vehicle and both subjects revealed additional Marijuana, scales, a loaded 9 mm handgun, Tramadol pills and a small amount of Methamphetamine.
Both Beeler and Hogan were arrested and charged with drug possession and distribution and transported to the Walton County Jail. Bond was set for each individual at $15,000.
“The fact that the two had a gun and were in a family complex with kids all around is disturbing.” said Chief Mark Weeks. “This is a great example of how our Citizens are vital in crime prevention and prosecution. I appreciate the work of the Officers in getting these drugs and gun off the street”