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County, state team up for trio of arrests

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By Alice Du Pont

Search warrants executed by the Gadsden County Special Operations Unit and the Department of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms in Havana on March 14 yielded three arrests.

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Harry Wilcoxson, 71, was arrested without incident at his home on Walters Street around 7:30 a.m. He has been charged with possession of cocaine with intent to sell within 1,000 feet of a store (274 feet) and a daycare (100 yards) school, possession of drug equipment, possession of a weapon by a convicted felon and possession of ammunition by a convicted felon.

According to a report on file with the Gadsden County Sheriff’s Office, when officers searched Wilcoxson’s pockets, he was in possession of $2,031 in cash that had been separated into two bundles and secured with rubber bands. Inside the living room, officers found a 12-gauge shotgun with four live rounds of ammunition in the magazine. Also found was a white powdery substance that field-tested positive for cocaine.

Wilcoxson is a convicted felon with two prior convictions for homicide in Florida and currently has a violation of probation warrant issued by the state of Georgia for the offenses of trafficking cocaine, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and misuse of identification, according to his arrest report.

He is in the county jail with a bond of $81,500.

Later the same afternoon, a warrant was served at an apartment leased to 43-year-old Sandra Murphy at 110 W. 16th Ave. Robert Lee Washington, 36, was standing in the doorway of Apartment 108 when he noticed law enforcement officers approach. A report released by the Gadsden County Sheriff’s Office stated Washington went inside the apartment and closed the door.

Washington was found standing in the hallway after officers entered the apartment. The bowl in the toilet was refilling with water and officers suspected Washington had attempted to flush illegal drugs down the toilet, according to the report.

A search of the apartment allegedly revealed two small plastic baggies containing marijuana, $139 in cash. Washington told officers he kept a small amount of marijuana for his personal use, according to the report. He was charged with felony possession of marijuana, possession of cocaine and possession of drug equipment.

He is in the county jail with a bond of $26,500.

Murphy, who was charged with maintaining a residence where drugs are bought and sold, said Washington had been living with her for about a year since he was released from prison. The woman said she noticed many people coming to her apartment asking for Washington but due to medications that caused her to sleep she did not know Washington was selling drugs, according to her arrest report.

She has been released from jail.