WCSO Arrests 4 in Drug Bust

By: WCSO Press Release
By: WCSO Press Release

Wakulla County, FL - Wakulla County Sheriff’s Office undercover detectives arrested three Tallahassee residents Jan. 18 following a drug bust involving the sale and possession of synthetic narcotics. Painkillers were sold to undercover detectives during the “buy bust” operation, according to Sheriff David Harvey.

The Tallahassee residents included: Tabbatha Lynn Houck, 31, of 11204 Brightstar Circle, who was charged with possession of synthetic narcotics and sale of synthetic narcotics. Jason Michael Smith, 33, of 2026 Autumn Lane, charged with sale of synthetic narcotics, burglary of a dwelling, grand theft and criminal mischief. Matthew Ray Nipper, 25, of 11075 Brigade Drive, charged with sale of synthetic narcotics and an outstanding warrant.

Law enforcement officials made a fourth arrest of a Crawfordville man involved in two separate burglary cases. Dustin Keith Swain, 25, of 2913 Shadeville Road in Crawfordville was charged with two counts of burglary of a structure, grand theft and violation of probation.

Detectives were investigating the Crawfordville burglaries that were committed earlier in January and obtained information about the location of the stolen property in Leon County. A search warrant was obtained for the Leon County property. Leon County Sheriff’s Office and Wakulla Sheriff’s Office investigators recovered the stolen property following the execution of the search warrant.

During the course of the investigation, detectives identified Houck as a possible suspect who was selling narcotics. A controlled purchase was arranged at a Wakulla County bar. The transaction took place and Houck was arrested with a large quantity of pills and cash which were seized along with a vehicle.

Baggies of pills, empty baggies used to package narcotics for sale and a pill crusher were seized during the “buy bust.”

During the course of the search warrant in Leon County, a safe was recovered containing a large quantity of pills and cash. The stolen Crawfordville property recovered included: oxygen tanks, welding gauges, a double barrel muzzle loader, welder and a chain saw. The chain saw was taken from a resident on Big White Oak Lane in Crawfordville and the rest of the property was stolen from a home on Timberwood Road in Crawfordville.

The four individuals remain in the Wakulla Count y Jail. The case was investigated by the Narcotics and the Criminal Investigations units.

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  • by gma Location: tally on Jan 31, 2011 at 07:46 AM
    thank heavens for god looking out i pray every day for jay and tabb
  • by anonymous Location: tally on Jan 28, 2011 at 08:06 PM
    You people have this all wrong. Jason has a incredible addiction to narcotic drugs!!!!! This is not all Tabbatha's doing. He knew what was going on. Most of you bashing Tabbatha are the ones she has helped out so many times but now you want to throw her under the bus. YOu should be ashamed of yourself. I just hope the both of them get their life together.
  • by anonymous Location: down the road too on Jan 24, 2011 at 05:54 PM
    I think there are more people involved too...right _ _ _ _ _ _?
  • by gma Location: tally on Jan 24, 2011 at 09:56 AM
    jason is not guilty!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  • by roylance Location: Re; Be fair on Jan 24, 2011 at 07:33 AM
    If u have known Jason Smith since middle school then u would know that he is not a theif!! He would nefer under any circumstances be involved in any kind of theft period the end He works very hard for what he has. Uust because some one points their finger and says so doesn't make it true!!!! You obviously don't know Jason Smith very much at all.
  • by Landers Location: usa on Jan 23, 2011 at 04:35 PM
    Tabbatha was born and raised in a world of drugs. It is the ONLY lifestyle she knows. The girl never stood a chance from the day she was born. Both of her parents are druggers and her Dad has spent most of his life in jail.Poor Tabbatha!
  • by Be Fair Location: Woodville, FL on Jan 23, 2011 at 02:03 PM
    I have know Jason since he was in middle school, yes he is a great guy... BUT, Tabbatha didn't hold a gun to his head & make him break into peoples houses & steal their personal belongings. Jason has had a hard life & made many bad choices, Tabbatha being one of them. As adults we have consequences for bad choices & Jason will have to pay for his, along with the others who played a part in these crimes!
  • by bright sstar circle on Jan 22, 2011 at 06:23 PM
    jason should have listen to us// she finally brought him down// he is a great well liked young man
  • by Anonymous on Jan 21, 2011 at 09:21 PM
    its unfortunate tab brought him down, he really is a good person but she deff managed to ruin his life
  • by down the road Location: questions on Jan 21, 2011 at 05:51 PM
    wouldn't be surprised if there are more arrest on that road...people had to know
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