On early Friday morning October 11, 2019, following an investigation of drug activity at the Perry Cove Mobile Home Park, located at 2785 South Byron Butler Parkway, the Taylor County Sheriff’s Office Drug Task Force Investigators Jason Vinson and Kyle Johnson assisted by associate members of the North Star Multi-Jurisdictional Drug Task Force, conducted a search warrant of a residence. During the probable cause search of the home, both methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia was seized from the residence. Michael Raymond Dulbs, whom was the lone renter of the mobile home, was arrested and charged with Possession of Methamphetamine and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.
The North Star Multijurisdictional Drug Task Force (NSMDTF) is a task force charged with conducting drug enforcement work in nine counties geographically situated in the Big Bend / Central Panhandle area of North Florida. The NSMDTF quietly began operations on May 1, 2019, and is currently comprised of sworn law enforcement personnel from 11 agencies in nine counties stretching from Gulf County in the west to Taylor County in the east. The Sheriffs of nine counties in that region have cross-deputized personnel from those nine counties to conduct drug investigations together as a task force throughout the region. An alphabetical listing of the agencies participating in the NSMDTF to date are the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), the Calhoun County Sheriff’s Office (SO); the Gadsden County SO; the Chattahoochee Police Department; the Gulf County SO; the Jackson County SO; the Jefferson County SO; the Leon County SO; the Liberty County SO; the Taylor County SO; and the Wakulla County SO.
Pursuant to Florida Statute 23.1225, the Sheriffs of Florida have the authority to enter into Combined Mutual Aid Agreements for Law Enforcement Services. The Sheriffs of Florida entered into the Florida Sheriffs’ Combined Operational Assistance and Voluntary Cooperation Mutual Aid Agreement (“Mutual Aid Agreement”) in 2017, which is effective until April 1, 2021. The Mutual Aid Agreement, section II, authorizes the creation of inter-agency task forces for drug violations. The NSMDTF was created pursuant to that authority.
Sheriff Wayne Padgett credits and thanks the hard work and teamwork of each of the rural Sheriffs that work together to making each County safer. He also remains adamantly committed to the fight against those that choose to manufacture, deliver, traffic or sell illegal drugs in Taylor County. DTF Captain and Public Information Officer Jimmy Cash states “Sheriff Padgett wants drug dealers to understand this very simple message: If you choose to introduce or sell poison into this county, particularly methamphetamine–that you can not only count on, but expect to find yourself in Jail and your mugshot on a media release at some point in your future. Either stop selling drugs or move. That is your options.”