CARRABELLE, Fla. (WTXL) — Franklin County Deputies say a recent meth bust at a local mayor’s home is helping to have a significant impact on the drug trade in the area.
Carrabelle Mayor Wilburn “Curley” Messer says he was surprised when a joint task force of Franklin County deputies and Carrabelle Police officers came knocking September 19 on his door at his home on Third West Street. It’s where law enforcement served a search warrant and eventually arrested Mayor Messer’s grandson, Justin Massey, and a second person, Sylvia Keith, on a series of drug charges.
At the same time, law enforcement served search warrants at a second home on Carlton Millender Road where they arrested Dennis “Lake” Beebe and Lake Ann McCullar.
Mayor Messer told WTXL that his grandson would “come and go” from his home, but was unaware of his grandson’s drug activity. Captain Creamer says they also do not believe Mayor Messer had any involvement in Massey’s alleged drug activity.
All four arrests at both homes, Captain Creamer says, are related.
Captain Creamer says they did not find any evidence of meth being cooked at Mayor Messer’s home, however a search of both homes combined did turn up methamphetamine, pseudoephedrine, hydrochloride, marijuana, digital scales, lithium batteries, coalman fuel, acetone, a propane blow torch, ammonium nitrate, a syringe, empty pseudoephedrine packs, and glass smoking pipes.
Investigators say these items are consistent with the manufacture, sale, and use of Methamphetamine.
Police records show a 2006 Hummer was seized as contraband from the residence on 3rd West Street.
Justin Massey and Sylvia Keith were arrested from that address.
Occupants of the Carlton Millender Road home, Dennis “Lake” Beebe and Lake A. McCullar, were arrested as well.
The arrest report shows all of the subjects were detained while the searches were conducted.
Charges include Possession of Listed Chemicals, Manufacture of Methamphetamine, Possession of Controlled Substance with Intent to Sell, Possession of Controlled Substance, Possession of Legend Drug without Prescription, Cultivation of Cannabis, Possession of Cannabis and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.