12 charged in North Florida drug ring

Published: Aug. 19, 2016 at 1:23 PM EDT
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By: WCTV Eyewitness News

August 19, 2016

BLOUNTSTOWN, Fla. (WCTV) -- A dozen people in North Florida have been charged in connection with a drug ring, authorities say.

The Calhoun-Liberty Drug Task Force, Jackson County Drug Task Force, Florida Department of Law Enforcement and DEA say they began an investigation into a drug trafficking organization in January of 2016.

Authorities say the ring was being run out of the town of Altha by John Stephen Fleck and that the organization was distributing large amounts of Crystal Meth in Liberty, Calhoun and Jackson Counties.

The investigation led to the identity of Fleck's supplier in Tallahassee and also led to the arrest of nearly a dozen co-conspirators, according to officials.

Authorities say narcotics and other "assets" were seized in the investigation and that more warrants could be issued in the future.

Amanda McClendon, 37, of Marianna, Gregory Hartzell, 44, of Blountstown, Jodi M. Johnson, 39, of Altha, John M. West, 41, of Altha, Traci M. Huff, 41, of Altha, Lynn M. Kearce, 21, of Blountstown, William H. Booth, 39, of Hosford, Patty J. Duncan, 38, of Grand Ridge, Michael A. Barnes, 38, of Cottondale, Delia S. Coxwell, 24, of Bristol, Shasta M. Crews, 40, of Tallahassee all had arrest warrants issued in connection with the ring.

All are charged with conspiracy to purchase Methamphetamine and unlawful use of a two-way communication device, except for McClendon who is charged with selling a controlled substance.