DEEP CREEK, Fla.- Charlotte County Sheriff's Narcotics detectives raided a Deep Creek home Tuesday evening and arrested three for Trafficking in Methamphetamine and a fourth for Obstruction. Geoffrey Tanner Hall, 20, and Clayton Paul Harris, 26, both lived in the home raided at 25240 Derringer Road, were arrested. Michael Dean Merrell, 46, of Arcadia, and Jessica Leigh Bair, 30, of Tropical Gulf Acres, were also arrested.
Acting on intelligence information, Narcotics detectives obtained a search warrant, and with assistance from road patrol deputies, entered the home shortly after 8 p.m. Tuesday. Once the home was secured, Hall, Harris and Merrell were removed and detectives began their search. Located in a container was 30.5 grams of Methamphetamine, a plastic baggie with 6.1 grams of marijuana, a pill bottle with 17 Hydrocodone pills, two 30.06 12-guage rounds of ammunition, and an eyeglass case with $1,623 cash.
While detectives were interviewing the three men outside, a vehicle with two women pulled up to the home. The women got out, were told what was happening, and to leave. Bair began to shout obscenities at detectives and obstructed the search warrant investigation and would not leave after being told to do so.
All four were arrested and transported to the Charlotte County Jail. Hall, Harris and Merrell were each charged with Trafficking in Methamphetamine, Trafficking in Hydrocodone, Possession of Marijuana, and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. Harris was additionally charged with Possession of Ammunition by a Convicted Felon. Bair was charged with Obstruction of Justice; she posted a $1,000 bond and was released.
Hall, a convicted felon with 12 bookings, and Merrell with four bookings, remain in jail on $52,000 bond each. Harris remains in jail on no bond; this is his sixth booking. Anyone with knowledge of illegal drug activity is asked to please call the CCSO Narcotics Unit at 941-575-2157, or Crime Stoppers at 800-780-TIPS (8477).