Just last week, two men were arrested for trafficking methamphetamine between Bay County and Albany, Georgia. As the Bay County Sheriff's office announced Monday, that seems to be only the tip of the iceberg.
7 more men, each with very extensive criminal backgrounds, are behind bars for their connection in a multi state drug ring. They are also accused of using some expensive gadgets to fuel their crime.
"Part of the investigation started a month ago, with a drug investigation that the special investigations division was working," said Major Tommy Ford with the Bay County Sheriff's Office.
As a result, Octavius Weston and Shaundur Grace were booked into the Bay County Jail on several charges last week, including trafficking meth and battery on a law enforcement officer.
"Weston struck one of our investigators as the arrest was being made and fled on foot," Major Ford said. "We we're able to apprehend them and seize 3 ounces of methamphetamine in Ice form."
As that was going on, both the Panama City Police Department and the Sheriff's office focused on another case.
"We had received several reports where ATV thefts had taken place in several of our dealerships in Panama City," said Interim Panama City Police Chief Scott Ervin.
The two crimes collided a few days ago, when a jailhouse interview revealed crucial information in the case.
"That led to the identification of a ring here that was committing those burglaries and stealing those ATV's in order to exchange those for methamphetamine," said Major Ford said.
Among their trade partners were the two men arrested last week - Wilson and Grace.
"Street value of them trading it, that's what they were given, about $1,000 to $1,500 per ATV," Ervin said.
Panama City Police and the sheriff's office says their work isn't over, as additional arrests are likely.
The two agencies worked along with Lynn Haven police to nail the suspects. They do believe though that these men are connected to not only the ATV burglaries, but also a string of recent burglaries in the area.