Sheriff drug bust video goes viral

Kile Brewer
Posted 1/10/18

ORANGE PARK – Clay County Sheriff Darryl Daniels has gone viral.

Following a raid on a home in near Orange Park’s Hickory Glen neighborhood on Jan. 5, Daniels filmed a vlog-style video to send …

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Sheriff drug bust video goes viral


ORANGE PARK – Clay County Sheriff Darryl Daniels has gone viral.

Following a raid on a home in near Orange Park’s Hickory Glen neighborhood on Jan. 5, Daniels filmed a vlog-style video to send a message to the public.

“As the sheriff of Clay County I’m telling you that if you want to commit crimes in Clay County, you’ve got options,” Daniels said. “You can stop what you’re doin’, you can leave Clay County or you too will be on the receiving end of this,” Daniels said before turning his back to the camera and heading toward the house. Casually dressed in a cable-knit sweater, peacoat and jeans, Daniels stopped once he made his way through the front door.

“One day you’ll be sleeping at night, or early one morning and you’ll hear a bang and a lot of noise and the end result and the outcome will be: me, standing in your living room, like I said, drinking my morning coffee,” Daniels said. After taking a long drink from his CCSO coffee mug, he leaves viewers with a final word, “15 going to jail, three big gulps. Y’all take care, Clay County.”

The video spread quickly, being shared more than 30,000 times as of the morning of Jan. 10, where it has already racked up 3.3 million views on Facebook.

About a dozen of the 15 people mentioned by Daniels can be seen at the beginning of the clip, lined up on the curb wrapped in blankets and joking with each other. They had been pulled from the house at 3080 Hickory Glen Dr., a house that has become commonplace for CCSO deputies in the last year.

In late October 2017, the house was raided by U.S. Marshals, resulting in the arrest of Khiry Aurian Lee Lindsey, 25, for possession of heroin and possession of MDMA. Lindsey still sits in Clay County Jail awaiting an expected May 31 court date with no option for bond.

According to the description on the video, a previous raid on the house resulted in the recovery of trafficking amounts of heroin and MDMA. The description also noted that deputies have responded to the house 30 times in the last six months for a variety of things including gunshots and fights. It was also stated that several medical calls have been received from the house that are believed to be overdose related.

The recent sting operation has resulted in five arrests that could be found at the time of publication, including: Haley Autumn Thompson, 21, Joseph Abraham Hand, 21, Aviron William Lippus, 18, for marijuana possession more than 20 grams, and Devontae Joseph Robert Gibson, 21, for marijuana possession of not more than 20 grams. The fifth arrest was on William Edward Endres, 30, who faces a felony for owning or renting a home that is a known drug manufacturing or trafficking facility. At press time, on Jan. 10, Endres remained in jail with bond set at $75,003.

During the operation, deputies employed their full array of tactical vehicles and body armor, equipment that the Sheriff’s Office said was necessary for their own safety due to the violent nature of recent dispatches to the house.

“We call this Operation: You Were Warned,” Daniels said during his monologue. “These individuals, all 15 of them that came out of this residence, were warned before that if they kept up then we’d come back.”

Since its posting, and subsequent spread, the video has received both positive and negative feedback on social media. The CCSO Facebook page is a mix of those praising the officers for removing drugs from residential neighborhoods and those claiming the Sheriff’s Office used excessive force to make a handful of marijuana arrests. The page has since garnered numerous one-star reviews on the platform, from locals as well as viewers across the country, describing deputies as paramilitary and the video as propaganda, in addition those who seem to think their rights have been called into question by the sheriff’s stern warnings and threats to criminals.


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