Three Arrested Following Ormond Drug Sting

One suspect was given a $326,000 bond, according to the Sheriff's Office


Ormond Beach, FL - Three suspects are now facing multiple narcotics related charges after the Volusia Sheriff's Office (VSO) served a search warrant at an Ormond Beach home.

According to VSO, the search warrant was executed around 6:00 Tuesday morning (September 29th) at the Washington Street residence. The warrant led to the arrests of 38-year-old Paul Carswell, 21-year-old Crystal Williams and 41-year-old Latonya Bradley.

Inside the home, deputies found Carswell in the southwest bedroom. The Sheriff's Office noted in a report that Carswell was making "furtive movements" underneath a blanket, as if he was trying to conceal items. Deputies issued multiple commands for him to show his hands, which he eventually complied with.

Investigators later found about $6,000 and narcotics between the wall and the bed.

An assortment of drugs was also seized by deputies, which includes:

  • 4.8 grams of Heroin
  • 7.8 grams of Methamphetamine
  • 13.6 grams of Cocaine
  • 52 whole, 1 half (7.8 grams) pills of Hydromorphone
  • 1.6 g of Morphine
  • Seven 8mg strips of Suboxone 
  • 3.6 grams of Cannabis
  • 0.3 grams of Methylenedioxypyrovalerone

In addition to the narcotics, deputies also seized about $11,659 in cash, multiple phones and multiple pieces of drug paraphernalia.

When interviewed, Carswell told investigators that he knows he's not in possession of trafficking weight of narcotics because most of the drugs will come back as "cut." Carswell also said he knows when the narcotics come back from the lab they will show only "2 grams" of heroin and not enough for trafficking.

In addition to those comments, Carswell also openly admitted to being a drug dealer. In fact, per the arrest report, one of the seized phones was constantly ringing throughout the investigation. Deputies noted that text messages of subjects trying to order narcotics were clearly seen on the lock screen.

At the end of the operation, Williams was facing charges for possessing schedule I and schedule II substances along with paraphernalia while Bradley was charged with possession of a schedule I substance and paraphernalia. Williams was given a $10,500 bond and Bradley was given a $5,500 bond. It appears that both have since bonded out of jail.

As for Carswell, he's facing multiple possession and trafficking charges, along with a manufacturing narcotics charge and renting a space for drug trafficking. His charges amounted to a $325,000 bond. He remains in custody