June 06, 2019
The Bay County Sheriff’s Office Special Investigations Division (SID) seized three pounds of crystal methamphetamine, cash, and handguns this week as one drug bust led to a second with a total of two arrests.
On June 4, 2019, SID conducted a traffic stop on Mikeyshia D. Akins-Smith. It was known that she had two felony warrants out of Bay County and a violation of probation warrant out of Georgia on drug and gun charges. Akins-Smith was taken into custody and during a search of her vehicle investigators located one pound of crystal methamphetamine, $3300 in US currency, numerous drug paraphernalia items, and a handgun. Because she was in possession of one pound of crystal meth, Akins-Smith now faces a trafficking charge carrying a minimum mandatory sentence of 25 years in prison.
On June 5, 2019, working on information developed during the bust on June 4, SID investigators served a search warrant at a residence off Sherman Avenue. During that search, investigators found approximately two pounds of crystal methamphetamine, $1100 in cash, and two handguns. One of the handguns had been reported stolen.
Mikeyshia Akins-Smith, age 40, of Sherman Avenue, Panama City, was charged with Trafficking in more than 400 grams of Methamphetamine and Possession of a Firearm by a Convicted Felon. Arrested the second day was Mathew Wood, age 45, of Sunflower Lane, Panama City, on charges of Trafficking in more than 400 grams of Methamphetamine and Possession of a Firearm by a Convicted Felon.
The investigation continues and additional arrests are expected.
Prepared by R. Corley
Information by Lt. K. Francis
Approved by Sheriff T. Ford