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4 Arrested for Drugs and Firearms in Jackson County

Daniel Carroll
Posted at 3:59 PM, May 04, 2015
and last updated 2015-05-04 13:49:32-04
JACKSON Co., FLa., (WTXL) - Deputies discovered a couple growing marijuana plants in their back yard, while trying to negotiate with a suspect to turn him self over to authorities.

On April 28, the Jackson County Sheriff's Office started investigating Daniel Jefferson Carroll and his wife Devona Leigh Seale for possible illegal drugs and firearms at a home in the 700 block of Satellite Road, just south of Graceville, Florida.

Investigators talked to Seale, who they said gave them permission to search the residence. During the search, investigators say they found a 20 gauge pump shotgun hidden behind the living room couch. The report also states, they found several rounds of various ammunition, including, 20 gauge shotgun shells, 22 caliber, 380 caliber, and 9 mm rounds inside. Along with the firearms and ammunition, investigators reported finding items consistent with illegal narcotic usage.

Officers were able to get a arrest warrant for Carroll on charges that he is felon in possession of a weapon. Carroll who is an eight time convicted felon, was also wanted out of Bay County for aggravated fleeing and eluding, aggravated assault on a law enforcement officer, felon in possession of a firearm, and possession of a controlled substance. Investigators also believe that Carroll stole a Smith and Wesson 40 caliber handgun, then sold it to someone in Washington County.

Friday, investigators received information that Carroll was hiding at a residence in the 5000 block of Smokey Road. That's when they got in contact with the people at the residence who told them that Carroll and Seale were inside. Jackson County Deputies talked with Carroll and Seale through a closed door, giving orders to surrender peacefully. But both refused, leading Carroll to tell officers he had a gun and threatened to shoot himself, or force deputies to shoot him, before he would go back to prison. After hours of negotiations, Carroll and Seale surrendered. Investigators said they recovered a cocked .22 caliber handgun with a fully loaded magazine, and a small plastic bag with methamphetamine.

Carroll and Seale were arrested and booked in the Jackson County Correctional Facility.

In addition to the existing arrest warrants Carroll was charged with a third count of felon in possession of a firearm, possession of a controlled substance and violation of state probation. Seale is being charged with possession of a controlled substance and resisting a law enforcement officer.

Deputies said while they were inside searching for Carroll they noticed several marijuana plants growing on the back porch through a glass door. According to the report, Investigators recovered 29 marijuana plants, and nearly half a gram of methamphetamine, bottles of suspected meth oil, and various other items that are used to make meth, plus five firearms at the home, belonging to Steven Edward Wilson.

Wilson and his wife, Penney Wilson, were then charged with possession of marijuana, one count of cultivation of marijuana, possession of methamphetamine, and possession of drug paraphernalia.