November 3, 2016
DeFuniak Springs – Detectives with DeFuniak Springs Police Department arrested two men on Wednesday afternoon after one was found to have an arrest warrant.
The investigation began when 29 year old Daniel Ely was observed in the parking lot of Walgreens. A Detective recognized Ely and had knowledge of an existing warrant. The warrant was confirmed for Failure to Appear out of Walton County.
As Ely was being taken into custody, another man was observed exiting the truck that Ely had been riding in. Additional Officers arrived and questioned 32 year old Gerald Soto. Based on the suspicious nature of all occupants, including a female, a K-9 from the Walton County Sheriff’s Office was requested.
The K-9 alerted on the truck to the presence of illegal drugs. A subsequent search of the truck revealed numerous items associated with the manufacture of methamphetamine such as lithium batteries, coffee filters, camping fuel, and pseudoephedrine. Additionally, a duffle bag containing a small amount of methamphetamine liquid and needles were located.
Ely admitted to possessing the manufacturing items and was arrested for Manufacturing Methamphetamine. Soto admitted to owning the duffle bag and was arrested for Possession of a Controlled Substance and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. Both were booked into the Walton County Jail.
“I commend my Detectives and Officers for being proactive in getting drugs and the drug dealers off our streets,” said Chief Mark Weeks.