During the week of July 11 to 17, officers with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission’s Division of Law Enforcement were active in Franklin and adjacent counties.
, Officer Marlow observed a vehicle parked on the side of Highway 98, with the hood still warm. After looking in the area, he observed foot tracks leading to the edge of wetlands approximately 200 yards away from the vehicle, and subsequent drag marks through private property. Two individuals were later located in a vessel frogging and were found to be trespassing in the area.
While on foot patrol near Bristol Landing in
, Officer Mims conducted a boating safety inspection on a small vessel with two occupants. The driver had been drinking and, after showing multiple signs of impairment, was arrested for BUI and booked into the Liberty County Jail.
Lt. Pearce and Officers Marlow and Bunker were working the River Sink Tract of Wakulla Springs State Park in
. The officers had information received from Lt. Hooker and Officer Raker regarding large groups gathering and alcohol consumption. Marlow entered the sink area in plain clothes and observed a large group of individuals drinking alcohol and smoking marijuana at the main sink area. Pearce and Bunker arrived to assist and 11 citations and nine warnings were written for possession of marijuana and consumption of alcohol.
Marlow observed a vehicle briefly turn on its headlights in a marsh area of
. Three individuals were attempting to cast net bait, and were smoking and in possession of additional marijuana. Officer Hoelscher and Lt. Pearce arrived to assist. All three subjects were cited for less than 20 grams of marijuana, and will be placed in a civil diversionary program in lieu of prosecution.