Brevard County Sheriff Wayne Ivey Commends Deputies For Outstanding Work
By Wayne Ivey, Brevard County Sheriff // May 8, 2016
encountered subjects suspected of drug sales
BREVARD COUNTY, FLORIDA – Deputy Brandon Sellers and Deputy John Jeffreys of the Brevard County Sheriff’s Office North Precinct last week conducted foot patrol in the area of Main Street and Harry T. Moore Avenue in Mims. The patrol was conducted because of numerous complaints from citizens about the possible sales of narcotics in the area.
During the patrol, the Deputies encountered several male subjects that were suspected of conducting drug sales. Before Deputies could speak with the individuals, they fled and a foot pursuit ensued.
Deputy Jeffreys was able to apprehend Darrius Bentley during the foot pursuit who was found to be in possession of Oxycodone and Hydrocodone. Bentley had also discarded other narcotics in the woods as he was being pursued. Brevard County Sheriff’s Office K-9 Handler Deputy David Lovell and K-9 Ruger were subsequently asked to conduct a search of the area and located a container that contained Crack Cocaine.
At the same time, Deputy Sellers apprehended Frank Mitchell III after a lengthy foot pursuit. During the apprehension, Mitchell actively resisted arrest at which time Deputy Sellers observed a gun in Mitchell’s waist band. Deputy Sellers was able to get Mitchell under control and recover the firearm without further incident.
The gun located on Mitchell was later determined to be stolen from a burglary to Brevard Ammo in Titusville that occurred on July 3, 2015.
Mitchell and Bentley were transported to the Brevard County Jail Complex without further incident.
Mitchell, 25, of Mims, is currently incarcerated with No Bond. Charges are the Possession Firearm by Convicted Felon, Possession Ammunition by Convicted Felon, Carrying a Concealed Firearm, VOP, Possession Cocaine, Possession Cocaine with Intent to Sell, Possession of a Controlled Substance and Resisting Arrest with Violence. Mitchell is currently on Probation for Possession of a Controlled Substance.
He was released from prison in 2012 after serving a 3 year prison sentence for the Possession of Cocaine, Carrying a Concealed Firearm and Aggravated Assault with a Weapon.
Bentley, 25, also of Mims, is currently incarcerated under $11,500 Bond. Charges are Possession of Cocaine with Intent to Sell, Possession of Cocaine, Possession of Oxycodone, Possession of Hydrocodone and Resisting Arrest Without Violence.
Bentley was released from prison in 2013 after serving a 3 year sentence for an Occupied Burglary.
Deputy Jeffreys is a 14-year employee with the BCSO and Deputy Sellers is a 5-year employee with the BCSO.
As Sheriff, I am extremely proud of John and Brandon for their incredible service to our community! Because of their abilities, professionalism and passion for the job, each are a tremendous asset to our agency.
Please join me in thanking both John and Brandon for their commitment and dedication to the Brevard County Sheriff’s Office and protecting our citizens!
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Brevard County Sheriff Wayne Ivey has been a law enforcement officer for over three decades. Sheriff Ivey is a graduate of the FBI National Academy and has a Bachelor’s Degree from Daytona State College in Management and Supervision. Sheriff Ivey’s background in law enforcement is inclusive of Management, Criminal Investigations, Narcotics, Patrol Services, Public Integrity Investigations, and Corrections.
Prior to being elected in 2012, Sheriff Ivey served the citizens of the State of Florida as a Resident Agent in Charge for the Florida Department of Law Enforcement. As a member of the Florida Department of Law Enforcement Sheriff Ivey developed and created the country’s first ever statewide Task Force on Identity Theft.
That same year the Task Force was named one of the top five most innovative programs in the country by the International Association of Chiefs of Police and investigated approximately 44 million dollars in fraud cases. Additionally, as a member of FDLE, Sheriff Ivey created the Child Abduction Response Team (C.A.R.T) that re-defined the way Child Abduction cases are conducted throughout the country today.
The program was later selected as the most innovative program in the country by the International Association of Chiefs of Police and is now used as a nationwide model in the response and investigation of child abductions.
Sheriff Ivey has testified before the United States Congress on law enforcement related matters and has extensive experience in the area of Public Integrity Investigations. Sheriff Ivey was honored as the Florida Department of Law Enforcement’s Special Agent of the Year (1996) and was also recognized by the Commissioner of the Florida Department of Law Enforcement for his Outstanding Contributions to Criminal Justice. In August of 2011 Sheriff Ivey was honored by the National Organization of Victims Advocacy for his work at the national level as an advocate of victim’s rights and protection.
Sheriff Ivey speaks regularly on topics such as Identity Theft, Crime in America, Human Trafficking, Domestic Violence, and Self Defense through Mental Preparedness. Sheriff Ivey firmly believes that Crime Prevention and Education are vital to reduce our crime rate and protect our community.