Five Individuals Indicted on Methamphetamine Charges
PANAMA CITY, FLORIDA – Pamela C. Marsh, United States Attorney for the Northern District of Florida, announced that a federal grand jury returned a four-count indictment yesterday charging five individuals with narcotic and firearm offenses.
The indictment charges that John Matthew Love (36), Mabrye Joseph Bettinger (41), Bryant Anthony Kreis (32), Dusti Nicole Broxson (26), all from the greater Panama City area, along with Anastacio Mendoza (37), and Carmen Theresa Silva (39), from Atlanta, Georgia, were involved in a conspiracy to distribute at least 50 grams of crystal methamphetamine throughout Florida and elsewhere. The indictment further alleges that the conspiracy began as early as July 1, 2014, and continued until September 21, 2014.
The indictment results from an investigation by agents of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration in Panama City, Florida, and Montgomery, Alabama, the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, the Panama City Police Department, the Walton County Sheriff’s Office, the Bay County Sheriff’s Office, the Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office, and the Houston County Sheriff’s Office. Assistant U.S. Attorney Kathryn Risinger is prosecuting the case.
An indictment is merely an allegation by a grand jury that a defendant has committed a violation of federal criminal law and is not evidence of guilt. All defendants are presumed innocent and entitled to a fair trial, during which it will be the government’s burden to prove guilt beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.