Undercover deputies bust men for marijuana from Mexican cartel – News – Northwest Florida Daily News – Fort Walton Beach, FL


DeFUNIAK SPRINGS —Two men are in jail after the Walton County Sheriff’s Office’s (WCSO) narcotics unit purchased and seized multiple pounds of marijuana, thousands in cash, weapons and several vehicles, all connected to a Mexican drug cartel.Saturday morning, undercover deputies set up a purchase of about two pounds of marijuana from distributor Maxwell Seth Wester, who is 30 and lives in Santa Rosa Beach. The deal was facilitated for $450 by 19-year-old Chad Holloway at his home in Miramar Beach.When the deal was done, Wester left in his vehicle with his six children, but was stopped by deputies, according to a WCSO press release. Wester was immediately arrested on two counts of possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of marijuana with the intent to distribute, possession of marijuana with the intent to sell/manufacture/deliver and possession of a controlled substance without a prescription. His children were released to family members and the Florida Department of Children and Families was notified, WCSO said.”Money, drugs and children don’t mix,” said Sheriff Michael Adkinson. “(These) types of individuals arrested are a threat to the health, welfare and safety of Walton County citizens.”Holloway was arrested after the purchase for possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of more than 20 grams of marijuana and aiding/abetting the commission of a crime.Stemming from the same purchase and arrests, WCSO said an additional 10 to 13 pounds of marijuana was seized at a storage facility on 260 S. Geronimo St. in Miramar Beach and Wester’s residence on the 300 block of South Holiday Road in Miramar Beach. The seizures hold an approximate street value of $30,000.00. That Saturday, $64,000 in cash was seized and on Sunday an additional $80,000 in cash was seized. Weapons, several cars and one motorcycle were also seized.The WCSO investigation revealed that Wester was purchasing large amounts of marijuana from a Mexican drug cartel. WCSO said additional charges are expected.