'Summer Heat' police roundup yields 9 arrests
by James Phillips
Aug 27, 2010 | 5113 views | 0 0 comments | 14 14 recommendations | email to a friend | print
PARRISH -- The Parrish Police Department, with the help of the United States Marshals Service, conducted its third annual Operation Summer Heat warrant roundup Wednesday morning.

Just after sunrise, authorities took to the streets of Parrish to apprehend several individuals with outstanding warrants, all of which were drug related.

Parrish police chief Nick Smith said the initiative was the culmination of five months of investigations.

"Through months of investigations, the Parrish Police Department, in an ongoing effort to keep illegal drugs and crime out of the Town of Parrish, made several arrests today," Smith said. "It might seem to the citizens of Parrish that there is a major drug problem, but to the contrary, Parrish is and will remain a safe place to live because of the proactive efforts of the Parrish Police Department."

Smith said crime is down in the town by 80 percent.

"As a department, we refuse to turn a blind eye to any problem," he said. "We take every call and every complaint from our citizens seriously, and we investigate each one. This roundup was the result of those investigations."

Individuals taken into custody during Operation Summer Heat included:

* H.L. Ingram, 34, charged with unlawful distribution of a controlled substance and unlawful possession of marijuana.

* Willie Dean Shanklin, 58, charged with unlawful distribution of a controlled substance.

* James Howard Davis, 28, charged with unlawful manufacturing of a controlled substance.

* Justin Matthew Norris, 34, charged with unlawful distribution of a controlled substance.

* Billy Joe Davidson, 44, charged with unlawful possession of a controlled substance.

* Brent Nelson, 32, charged with unlawful possession of a controlled substance and first degree possession of marijuana.

* Robert Harris, 20, charged with unlawful distribution of a controlled substance and unlawful possession of a controlled substance.

* Jacob Williams, 53, charged with unlawful distribution of a controlled substance, unlawful possession of a controlled substance and unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia.

* Milton McGee, 60, charged with selling alcohol without a license.

Smith said two arrests were made Tuesday night before the roundup began.

Willie Hill, 20, and Isaiah Howze, 21, were both arrested and charged with third degree theft of property. Hill was also charged with unauthorized use of a motor vehicle. Smith said the two men have been linked to several theft cases the department has been investigating. Smith said both will also be facing felony charges for receiving stolen property and burglary.

"We've only had a few theft cases in recent months and these two have been linked to pretty much all of them," Smith said.