Suspicious vehicles lead to drug arrest

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On June 21, 2020 at approximately 2102 hours deputies with the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office Uniform Patrol Division responded to a residence in the Rocky Creek community in Marianna, Florida in regards to several suspicious vehicles around an abandoned residence. Upon arrival of the first deputy, one of the vehicles took off from the area. Deputies were able to detain the remaining individuals still on scene.

During the investigation, deputies observed and located a crystal-like substance scattered across the hood of a vehicle that came from a small plastic bag that appeared to have been tossed by someone. The substance was field tested and returned a presumptive positive result indicative of methamphetamine. Deputies also located several small plastic baggies on the ground by the driver’s side of the vehicle along with other items that appeared to have been dropped by the driver exiting the vehicle.Deputies made contact with the individuals who were seen walking out of sight when units first arrived. One of the individuals was identified as Royce Alday. Alday stated, post Miranda, he had been there trying to sell some clothes to a guy he was meeting. Alday stated he did have a passenger with him, but was only giving him a ride to town. Alday stated he was driving the vehicle and had gotten out when I arrived.

Based upon the evidence and information obtained during the investigation a probable cause search of the vehicle was conducted and returned the following items located within: a plastic spoon in the center console, small plastic baggies tied in a knot in the center console, a black weigh scale with white crystal residue that was located between the center console and the driver’s seat, clear plastic gloves on the center console area, a folding razor knife, and a small bag located in the driver’s floor board that contained two plastic capsules with one containing a crystal-like residue.Based upon the investigation Royce Alday was placed under arrest and was transported to the Jackson County Correctional Facility to await first appearance on his charges.

Sheriff Lou Roberts would like to thank the citizen of Jackson County Sheriff’s Office and encourage other citizens to contact the Sheriff’s Office when they see suspicious incidents such as these occurring in the county.

Arrested: Royce Allen Alday, 27 years of age, Resident of Marianna, FL.

Charges: Possession of Control Substance – [Methamphetamine], Possession of Drug Paraphernalia

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