Couple jailed for trafficking while out on bond for previous drug arrests
By Echo staff
Apr 20, 2017, 16:00
Agents of the Hancock County Sheriff's Office Narcotics Division and Special Response Team on Tuesday arrested a Bayside Park couple for the second time in six months for suspected drug trafficking.
At about 8 p.m. Tuesday, agents "executed an operation to serve a felony narcotics arrest warrant and a narcotics search warrant at (a home on) Como Street in the Bayside Park community," Sheriff Ricky Adam said in a press release. "Narcotics agents recovered large amounts of marijuana and synthetic marijuana, packaged for distribution in approximately 70 individual bags, along with packaging and distribution equipment and other evidence.
"Agents also recovered a significant quantity of multiple types of controlled prescription pills."
Adam said Gerome Benton, 38, and Leslie Dahl, 32, were arrested at the residence and each charged with two counts of Possession of Controlled Substance with Intent to Distribute and one count of felony Possession of Controlled Substance.
Adam said the investigation is ongoing and more arrests are expected.
"This is the second time in six months that a search warrant has been executed on this residence and large amounts of narcotics recovered," Adam said. "Both Benton and Dahl were out of jail on bonds for the previous felony drug charges at the time of their arrests in this case."
Bond for each defendant had been set at $45,000, Adam said, but "both will remain in custody, as their bonds on the prior charges were revoked.
"As this case clearly shows, the battle against illicit drugs in Hancock County is never-ending. The damage caused to children, families and the public in general by illegal drug use is unacceptable.
My deputies and agents will relentlessly continue to identify, arrest and prosecute anyone involved in the illegal drug trade at any level."