Bay county man charged after 53 grams of Fentanyl, 248 grams of Meth seized

Published: Jun. 28, 2022 at 4:18 PM CDT
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BAY COUNTY, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) - Local law enforcement is celebrating another huge drug bust. Last week, the Panama City Police Department announced they got 43 grams of Fentanyl off the streets, saying it was enough to “kill every single resident of the City of Panama City.” Now Tuesday, the Bay County Sheriff’s Office announced an even bigger bust after investigating a Bay County man.

“We’re seeing a lot of people die from the effects of Fentanyl, and of course Methamphetamine, the effects of the abuse and addiction of that tear at the fabric of our community,” Bay County Sheriff Tommy Ford said.

A community sheriff Ford said the department works to protect one drug bust at a time.

“In reference to an investigation that our Special Investigation Division worked taking quite a large quantity of both of those substances off the streets,” said Ford.

Local Graylin J. Patterson, 30, was charged Monday with trafficking fentanyl and meth. Investigators say they seized 53.4 grams of fentanyl and 248.1 grams of meth. In connection with this investigation, Patterson is charged with trafficking in fentanyl (more than 28 grams), trafficking in meth (more than 200 grams), and unlawful use of a two-way device to facilitate a felony.

“I think some of the statistics show if it were .1 gram of pure Fentanyl and the person had not developed any tolerance to it, then that would be considered a lethal dose,” said Ford.

That’s why Ford said he considers this a “very significant” bust.

“And the frustrating part is it’s all coming over the southwest border. So, until we secure the border, we’re going to continue to see these large types of seizures,” said Ford.

But continuing to seize these drugs is what the sheriff’s office will continue to do in hopes to save lives.

“Not just in people who could suffer from a fatal overdose, but these drugs destroy people’s lives that use them, but also their families, their kids, their parents, their grandparents,” said Ford.

Ford said there are two things that make Fentanyl so deadly, the potency and other substances being laced with Fentanyl.

“Our message to people is just to be very careful. It is deadly and you never know what type of substance you’re going to find it,” said Ford.

Sheriff Ford said they have a holistic approach to the county drug problem because they see how it affects everything in the community. He said they have the care coordinators that can refer people to a rehabilitation program and the lifeline drug treatment program in the bay county jail.

Ford said Patterson was first arrested in this investigation in May for multiple misdemeanor traffic charges and trafficking in Fentanyl. In June, Patterson was arrested again and has been in jail since. Investigators said since that arrest, they have connected Patterson to an amount of meth and fentanyl being stored at separate addresses. This led to more drug-related charges.

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