A multi-agency investigation into a drug trafficking operation in Northwest Florida led to seven local arrests – four from Navarre and one from Gulf Breeze - this week, and at least five more are expected.
The investigation, which began in January from a Crime Stoppers tip, led officers to Wendy Cagle of Destin, a head nurse at a Fort Walton Beach doctor’s office who was found to be calling in unauthorized prescriptions for controlled substances to pharmacies throughout the area. Cagle was calling in the prescriptions for people whom she knew, and in some cases drugs were used as payment for the co-conspirators.
Amounts of opiate pain killers such as Hydrocodone and Xanax high enough to be considered trafficking were called in on numerous occasions, according to a news release from the Okaloosa Sheriff’s Office.
The seven arrested on Wednesday and Thursday were:
Wendy Sue Cagle, 39, of Destin: Trafficking in Hydrocodone over 28 grams.
Daniel Ronnie Adams, 21, of Navarre: Conspiring to Obtain, Purchase, Transfer, Sell and/or distribute a Trafficking Amount of Hydrocodone.
Cassie Marie Dyson, 20, of Navarre: Trafficking in Hydrocodone over 14 grams.
Mariah Kathleen Call, 27, of Navarre: Conspiring to Obtain, Purchase, Transfer, Sell/Distribute a Trafficking Amount of Hydrocodone and Possession of a Controlled Substance without a Prescription.
Meagan Renee Cheramie, 26, of Navarre: Trafficking in Hydrocodone over 14 grams.
Megan Lynette Brewer, 29, of Gulf Breeze: Trafficking in Hydrocodone over 14 grams.
Ratliff, Natasha Ann, 23, of Fort Walton Beach: Trafficking in Hydrocodone over 14 grams.
The investigation was conducted by the Okaloosa County Multi-Agency Drug Task Force in conjunction with the Drug Enforcement Agency and the U.S. Marshals Fugitive Task Force.
The arrests of Dyson and Adams also made separate news, as officers were forced to shoot and kill a pit bull when Dyson released the dog and it lunged out the door and toward the officers who were there with a warrant. Dyson was subsequently charged with assault on an officer.