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Arrests Made in Bell Drug Trafficking Organization

In early 2023, Investigators with the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office’s Narcotics Division, alongside Special Agents and Task Force Officers with the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) Panama City Residence Office, initiated an investigation targeting a drug trafficking organization (DTO) led by Michael Termaine Bell, Sr. from Jackson County.

The investigation identified the command-and-control structure of the Bell DTO and its role in the distribution of multiple kilograms of crystal methamphetamine, cocaine, crack cocaine, ALPHA-PIHP (“molly”), and fentanyl, throughout the region.

These illicit substances were distributed in wholesale quantities by the Bell DTO for several years to local retail distributors. The retail distributors sold them to citizens in Jackson County and the surrounding region, many of whom suffer from ongoing drug addictions.

Throughout the investigation, dozens of individual organizational members were identified, most of whom have numerous arrests for drug charges, weapon possession, and violence. Approximately 29 of those members were identified for arrest and indictment.

As of Thursday, April 18, 2024, 20 members of the Bell DTO have been arrested as a result of this investigation. Seventeen organizational members will face state charges, and three will face federal indictments. Throughout the course of this investigation, more than 3.7 kilograms of Marijuana, more than 430 grams of ALPHA-PIHP (“molly”), 1.4 kilograms of cocaine, 1,290 grams of methamphetamine, and 104 grams of fentanyl have been seized, as well as several firearms.

This is an ongoing investigation, and there will be more arrests made in this case. Michael Termaine Bell, Sr., who we believe to be the leader of this DTO, is still at large.

If you have any information on his whereabouts, please call our office at (850) 482-9648 or Chipola CrimeStoppers at (850) 526-5000. We will not stop searching for him until he is in custody.

Sheriff Edenfield would like to thank Northern District of Florida United States Attorney Jason Coody, State Attorney for the 14th Judicial Circuit Larry Basford, Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) Resident Agent in Charge George Kissell of the DEA Panama City Resident Office, the Florida National Guard Counter Drug Program, Florida Department of Law Enforcement, the Florida Highway Patrol, the Calhoun County Sheriff’s Office, the Liberty County Sheriff’s Office, the Washington County Sheriff’s Office, the Seminole County, Georgia Sheriff’s Office, Chattahoochee Police Department, and Chipley Police Department for their assistance during this investigation.

“We will continue to fight against those who distribute drugs in our community and fight for the safety of our citizens,” Sheriff Edenfield said.

The arrests made in this case are as follows:

Lorenzo Heatrice: Two Counts of Distribution (Federal)

Brian Rollinson: Conspiracy and Distribution (Federal)

Tyrone Christian: Conspiracy and Distribution (Federal)

Erian Thomas: Sale of Crack Cocaine, Sale of Methamphetamine

La’mayah Douglas: Sale of Crack Cocaine, Sale of Controlled Substance (Alpha PIHP), Unlawful use of a two-way communications device

Frank Brown Jr: (3 Counts) Sale of Controlled Substance (Alpha PIHP), Sale of Crack Cocaine within 1000 feet of a Public Housing Complex

Erhiga Uyosue: Sale of Controlled Substance (Alpha PIHP)

Keyvon Smalls: Sale of Controlled Substance (Alpha PIHP)

Eric Wade: Sale of Controlled Substance (Alpha PIHP)

Timothy Myrick: Sale of Methamphetamine, Sale of Fentanyl

Kenneth Curry: Sale of Controlled Substance (Alpha PIHP)

Rachel Routt: Delivery of Methamphetamine

Brian Harvey: Sale of Cocaine, Sale of Controlled Substance (Alpha PIHP)

Jeremy Barnes: Sale of Cocaine (2 Counts), Possession of Methamphetamine, Possession of Cocaine, Possession of Alpha PIHP

Mark Merrifield: Possession of Cocaine, Possession of Marijuana less than 20 grams

Andrew Barnes: Fleeing and attempting to elude Law Enforcement, Possession of Methamphetamine

Tristan Martin: Possession of Marijuana over 20 grams

Abram Sheawa: Possession of Controlled Substance

Demetri Lovett: Sale of Crack Cocaine (3 counts)

Demetrius Johnson: Possession of Marijuana with Intent to Sell, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia