WCSO Arrests Two for Racketeering

By: WCSO Press Release
By: WCSO Press Release

Wakulla County, FL - Wakulla County Sheriff’s Office investigators have filed Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organization (RICO) charges against two burglary, theft and narcotics suspects who have been involved in a series of crimes involving thousands of dollars worth of property, according to Sheriff David Harvey.

Garrett Mizell Revell, 24, and Andrew Travis Carter, 29, both of Crawfordville, are now facing RICO charges in connection with an organized crime operation that was broken up in April following the service of a search warrant at the homes of the two men.

“In presenting the case to the State Attorney’s Office, investigators demonstrated a pattern of organized criminal activities that qualified for prosecution under the RICO statute,” said Sheriff Harvey.

Revell and Carter have been incarcerated in the Wakulla County Jail since April 23 and April 19 respectively. Revell faces 23 charges in connection with his criminal activity and is being held on a $212,750 bond. Carter faces nine charges and is being held on a $106,000 bond.

Search warrants were served at the homes of the two men in April and members of the WCSO Criminal Investigations Division discovered more than $60,000 worth of property at the two homes. Some of the property found at the Carter home was stolen from the same locations as stolen property discovered at Revell’s home.

Investigators learned through interviews that Revell was manufacturing methamphetamines. In addition, they discovered that Revell was successfully operating a criminal enterprise with assistance from other individuals who carried out Revell’s orders.

Detectives connected Revell to an arson case involving a vehicle in Crawfordville and a burglary in the St. Teresa area of Franklin County. They were also able to connect Carter and Revell to a theft of an ATV from a Crawfordville area hunt camp.

Revell was connected to an October 2010 commercial burglary in Panacea that resulted in the theft of a welder, saline tank and copper wire. An August 2010, the theft of a boat was solved when investigators discovered the vessel in the Apalachicola National Forest stripped of its motor, trailer and center console. The boat motor and center console were recovered at Revell’s home during the service of the search warrant.

A stolen carburetor taken from an inboard boat motor was recovered during the search warrant. It was determined that the marine grade carburetor was on a mud bogging truck owned by Revell.

“Jumper cables” were observed at the Revell home that were connected to an electrical meter box and a power line owned by Progress Energy. Electric company officials determined that Revell stole $600 worth of electrical services.

Investigators also determined that Revell and Carter would use individuals to purchase over the counter medicines from pharmacies that were used to manufacture methamphetamines. Carter allegedly taught an estimated 20 individuals how to manufacture methamphetamines and the people Revell used to carry out criminal activity gained a place to live or the highly addictive and illegal narcotic.

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