8 busted during search at vacant Crestview business

Gannett Florida staff report
The Destin Log

CRESTVIEW — Eight people were arrested Tuesday following a narcotics search.

According to a press release from the Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office, OCSO and the Crestview Police Department joined forces to search a vacant business on West Cobb Avenue. It was once occupied by Infinity Screen Print, according to the Okaloosa County Property Appraiser’s Office.

“The investigation is ongoing and additional felony warrants are forthcoming,” the press release said. “Multiple firearms were recovered, including one that had been reported stolen.”

Six of the eight Crestview residents who were arrested were charged with resisting arrest without violence. They were: Dewayne Williams, 46; Nikia Morris, 44; James Wesley, 61; Wendell Lewis, 60; Donte Corey, 19; and Ruth Weems, 69.

Edris James, 64, was charged with possession of drug paraphernalia. Abner McElrath, 38, was chared with child support civil commit.

The search was in response to complaints from residents who saw drug activity, violence, prostitution and disorderly intoxication at the site, the Sheriff’s Office said.

“This is a good reminder of how weapons can fall into the wrong hands and become a threat to citizens and law enforcement,” Crestview Police Chief Stephen McCosker said in the release. “I encourage everyone to remove and secure weapons from their vehicles when they are not occupied.”