Man already out on bond busted with cache of drugs, loaded guns
KEYSTONE HEIGHTS – A man already out of jail awaiting trial for delivering and selling drugs was arrested three weeks later for an assortment of drug and weapons charges.
Johnathan Joseph Brooker, 31, of Keystone Heights, now faces additional charges of trafficking methamphetamine, two counts of possessing a firearm by a convicted felon, removing the serial number from a firearm, possession of cocaine, Codeine and Buprenorphine and drug paraphernalia after the Clay County Sheriff’s Office found him sleeping in a shed on Auburn Avenue on April 15.
Deputies saw a handgun and a glass pipe on the table when he opened the door, and a subsequent search uncovered another handgun and a large box containing the pills, 66.6 grams of methamphetamine and .3 grams of cocaine. Both guns were loaded.
Brooker now is at the Clay County Jail, and his bond new was set at $376,523.
Man accused of pointing gun after being asked to turn down music
GREEN COVE SPRINGS – A 33-year-old man was arrested after he admitted sticking a rifle out of the passenger-side window after another man asked the people inside a pickup truck to turn down their music.
Jesse Levi Dixon, of Green Cove Springs, was charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and the improper display of a firearm on April 2 after the Clay County Sheriff’s Office said a man called 911 after somebody pointed what appeared to be an AR-15 rifle at him after he asked the people inside the truck to turn down the bass and turn off a generator.
The victim was able to provide video surveillance captured by a home security device that apparently showed the passenger with a rifle.
Dixon said he had a pellet gun inside the truck and simply was moving it from the front seat to the back as he passed the victim on Red Bug Road. He also denied pointing the gun at anyone. CCSO took the pellet gun and allowed Dixon to leave.
The truck was pulled over again on April 7 because the license tag was unreadable, according to CCSO. The deputy saw an AR-15 shotgun behind the front seat. Deputies followed up on their discovery on April 16 and arrested Dixon.
Court records show Dixon was convicted of two counts of armed home invasion, burglary and introduction of contraband into the jail.
Dixon’s bond was set at $150,008.
Man indicted for firing
sawed-off shotgun at Orange Park motel
JACKSONVILLE – An Orange Park man was indicted by the U.S. Justice’s Middle District Court for the unlawful possession of an unregistered firearm made from a shotgun, U.S. Attorney Roger B. Handberg said.
Dylan Milton Jarvis, 30, of Orange Park, was charged on April 18 with violating the National Firearms Act firearm. If convicted, Jarvis faces a maximum penalty of 10 years in federal prison. He was arrested on April 14, 2022. The indictment also notifies Jarvis the United States intends to forfeit the weapon made from a shotgun.
According to the facts presented in court and the indictment, at approximately 5:30 p.m. on Jan. 11, the Clay County Sheriff’s Office responded to calls of shots fired near InTown Suites on Blanding Boulevard. Upon making contact with Jarvis in a parking lot, the CCSO determined that Jarvis had fired three to four rounds into the ground from a 12-gauge shotgun and then discarded the firearm in the bushes at Phenix Salon, according to the arrest report.
When they approached Jarvis, deputies said he appeared intoxicated. They said Jarvis admitted shooting the gun into the ground, but not at anyone.
CCSO located the shotgun, along with multiple spent shotgun shells. Further investigation by the CCSO and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives determined Jarvis previously sawed off the barrel and the stock of the 12-gauge shotgun. A record check confirmed that this weapon made from a shotgun was not registered to Jarvis in the National Firearms Registration and Transfer Record, as required under federal law.
The shotgun barrel was measured at 15 inches, CCSO said.
Jarvis also was charged with disorderly intoxication and consumption of alcohol within 300 feet of a package store, according to CCSO.
An indictment is merely a formal charge that a defendant has committed one or more violations of federal criminal law, and every defendant is presumed innocent unless, and until, proven guilty.
The case was investigated by CCSO and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives’ Jacksonville Office. It will be prosecuted by Asst. U.S. Attorney Kevin C. Frein.
This case was prosecuted as part of the joint federal, state and local Project Safe Neighborhoods Program, the centerpiece of the Department of Justice’s violent crime reduction efforts. PSN is an evidence-based program proven to be effective at reducing violent crime. Through PSN, a broad spectrum of stakeholders works together to identify the most pressing violent crime problems in the community and develop comprehensive solutions to address them. As part of this strategy, PSN focuses enforcement efforts on the most violent offenders and partners with locally-based prevention and reentry programs for lasting reductions in crime.
Middleburg nurse pleads guilty to taking fentanyl from care unit
JACKSONVILLE – A Middleburg woman pled guilty to tampering with a consumer product, specifically injectable fentanyl while she worked as a nurse at the neutral intensive care unit, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office.
Monique Elizabeth Carter, 35, now faces a maximum penalty of 10 years in federal prison. A sentencing date has not yet been set.
According to the plea agreement, Carter, a registered nurse who previously was employed by a hospital in Jacksonville that provided intensive and specialized care to critically ill patients with life-threatening neurological problems. Certain ICU patients were prescribed intravenous doses of fentanyl, which is a synthetic opioid used as a pain medication and as anesthesia.
After Carter’s shift on Sept. 28, 2021, a hospital pharmacist examined the ICU wing’s inventory of fentanyl and found a fentanyl syringe missing a tamper-proof cap, but with some form of foreign adhesive remaining at the tip. A second fentanyl syringe had a cap that appeared to have been glued back onto the syringe. After reviewing hospital records, a pharmacist supervisor noted a pattern of Carter checking out doses of fentanyl for patients, but then canceling the transactions and checking syringes back into the hospital’s inventory. Records showed that Carter did so 24 times between Aug. 29 and Sept. 28, 2021. Carter was the only nurse on her ICU wing who persistently engaged in such conduct.
The next day, when Carter arrived for work, hospital representatives interviewed her. Confronted with the pharmacists’ findings, Carter eventually admitted that – to obtain drugs for personal use at home – she had been removing injectable fentanyl from syringes, replacing the drug with saline, and then gluing the plastic tampering caps back onto the syringes with an adhesive that she obtained from the hospital. Carter admitted that she had been tampering with fentanyl syringes since the summer of 2021. Carter denied injecting fentanyl while on duty at the hospital, however, law enforcement later located needles, saline syringes and adhesive in her bag.
Carter, as a trained healthcare professional, knew that her activities likely resulted in critically ill patients receiving diluted fentanyl that was not safe and effective. Having been deprived of sterile, medically necessary medication, such patients were exposed to possible infection and endured unnecessary pain and suffering.
In addition, Carter knew that the failure to anesthetize or control pain in ICU patients can result in increased risks of illness or death, stemming from, among other things, respiratory, cardiovascular and musculoskeletal complications.
This case was investigated by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, Office of Criminal Investigations and the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office’s Pharmaceutical Diversion and Designer Drug Unit attached to the North Florida High-Intensity Drug Trafficking Area. It is being prosecuted by Asst. U.S. Attorney Michael J. Coolican.