Saturday, August 22, 2020
Crestview, FL — A search warrant executed at 1101 Mapoles Street in Crestview, FL, less than 1000 feet from First Baptist Church of Crestview, has resulted in an arrest for possession of methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia amongst other charges.
Members of the Okaloosa County Multi-Agency Drug Task Force executed the search warrant at the residence on Friday morning. Upon arrival at the residence, law enforcement announced their presence multiple times. According to the arrest report, no one answered the door and law enforcement breached the door to gain entry. They then found a secondary door that was swinging as if someone had just went through it.
While searching the residence, law enforcement found the resident, Zachary Dewayne Chase, lying in a bed pretending to be asleep. After giving him several commands, and Chase not moving the report stated, he was removed from the bed and escorted out of the residence.
While Chase was being removed from the residence he attempted to reach for his waistband and pockets several times.
A search of Chase revealed a glass smoking pipe in his waistband and suspected methamphetamine in his pockets. Both items were tested and yielded a positive result for methamphetamine.
During a post Miranda interview, Chase admitted to selling methamphetamine from his residence. Chase also stated during the interview he was going to smoke half a gram of the meth that was found in his pocket and was going to sell the remainder of the three grams.
Law enforcement also found scales, plastic baggies, pills, and other items during the search of the residence.
A search of Florida Department of Corrections website revealed Chase is currently on probation for providing false information to a pawn broker, grand theft, burglary, credit card fraud.
Chase was charged with possession of a controlled substance within 1000 feet of a church, resisting officer without violence, felony violation of probation, and possession of drug paraphernalia.
Although Chase was issued a $1,500.00 bond for the charge of possession of a controlled substance within a 1000 feet of a church, he remains at the Okaloosa County Jail where he was denied bond on the Felony Violation of Probation.
“Drug dealers need to be aware. This vital partnership between the Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office, Crestview Police Department and Fort Walton Beach Police Department to erode and end their operations in our county is going to continue,” said Sheriff Larry Ashley. “Lives and public safety are threatened by their drug peddling. Our commitment to clean up our neighborhoods is not going away.
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