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Family Trio Sentenced in Walton County Meth Trafficking Case

WALTON COUNTY, FL (WDNews) —A DeFuniak Springs family—husband, wife, and their son—have been handed lengthy prison sentences for their roles in a methamphetamine trafficking operation.

Philip Beck, 48, received over 21 years behind bars. His wife, Florence Beck, 47, was sentenced to 10 years, while their son, Joshua Martinez, 28, will serve 21 and a half years. After their prison terms, all three will be under supervised release.

U.S. Attorney Jason R. Coody for the Northern District of Florida announced the sentences Monday afternoon.

The case began in March 2023 when the U.S. Postal Inspection Service and Walton County VICE/Narcotics Unit intercepted two packages from California addressed to Niceville and Mossy Head. K-9 officer “Jax” from the Walton County Sheriff’s Office detected the drugs, uncovering roughly five pounds of methamphetamine in each package. Investigations revealed that Philip Beck and Joshua Martinez were the intended recipients, with Florence Beck aiding them.

Earlier, in January 2023, Philip Beck was stopped by DeFuniak Springs Police while driving his Dodge Ram. Officers found 28 grams of methamphetamine in his vehicle, adding to his charges.

This extensive investigation involved the U.S. Postal Inspection Service, Walton County VICE/Narcotics Unit, DeFuniak Springs Police Department, and the DEA, culminating in a successful prosecution by the United States Attorney’s Office.