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Deputies arrest wanted man with extensive criminal background

Posted at 3:43 PM, Aug 12, 2019
and last updated 2019-08-13 17:34:31-04

FRANKLIN COUNTY, Fla. — A man with a criminal rapsheet dating back to 1982 has been arrested after the Franklin County Sheriff's Office and Drug Enforcement Administration put out an alert calling for his capture.

Johnny Lee Jones was arrested Tuesday afternoon around 4:45 p.m., according to the Franklin County Sheriff's office.

They say Jones was arrested by the Lowndes County Sheriff’s Office Swat Team in Valdosta.

Sheriff A.J. Smith received an anonymous tip concerning Jones’s whereabouts and contacted authorities in Valdosta to assist. Shortly after his arrest, LCSO turned Jones over to federal marshals.

Now, the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office is actively investigating who may have helped Jones avoid arrest.

"Sheriff Smith is committed to keeping Franklin County free of those continuing to poison our community with illegal drugs," the agency wrote on Facebook. "If you see something, say something."

The Franklin County Sheriff's Office along with the Drug Enforcement Administration and United States Attorney’s Office is looking for man with an extensive criminal background dating back to 1982.

Johnny Lee Jones failed to meet with his federal probation officer Monday morning and has a warrant for distribution of a controlled substance.

Jones has an extensive criminal record dating back to April 1982.

Some of his charges include:

  • Burglary with assault and battery
  • Grand Larceny 100k or more
  • Dealing in Stolen Property
  • Robbery with firearm
  • Multiple sale of cocaine and crack charges
  • Forgery, criminal mischief and damage of property
  • Attempt to escape while on furlough
  • Domestic violence
  • Sex offense against a child under 16
  • Multiple assault on police officer and resisting with violence
  • Threats against public officials
  • DUI’s
  • Fleeing or Attempting to Eluding Police
  • Improper exhibit of firearm in public
  • Cultivation of cannabis
  • Displaying or possession of fictitious identification card
  • Additional assault with deadly weapon charges

FCSO says Jones has continued to sell drugs while on federal probation and has no regard for law enforcement or the safety of those representing the law.

Anyone with information of his whereabouts is encouraged to call FCSO at 850-670-8500.