Attorney General Pam Bondi News Release
October 20, 2016
Contact: Whitney Ray
Phone: (850) 245-0150
Meth Ring DismantledTALLAHASSEE, Fla.—Attorney General Pam Bondi’s Office of Statewide Prosecution and the Volusia County Sheriff’s Office, along with other federal, state and local partners, today announced 16 arrests in connection to a large-scale methamphetamine distribution ring operating in Volusia County. Active arrest warrants are issued for nine additional suspects in connection to this drug trafficking ring.
“Meth is a highly addictive drug that can be deadly to users and wreak havoc on families and communities,” said Attorney General Bondi. “Thanks to the collaborative efforts of local, state and federal partners, this criminal organization funneling crystal meth into Florida is shut down.”
According the investigation, Ryan Prouse and Christopher Tsikuris headed the organization, routinely suppling methamphetamine to a network of lower-level drug dealers throughout Volusia County. Tsikuris allegedly made frequent trips out-of-state to buy large quantities of meth and then brought the drugs back to Florida for distribution.
The defendants face charges ranging from trafficking and conspiracy to traffic in methamphetamine to unlawful transportation of currency and sale of hydromorphone and methamphetamine. Attorney General Bondi’s Office of Statewide Prosecution will prosecute the case.
Authorities arrested the following defendants in connection to this case:
· Ryan Beaulieu, 39, Palm Coast;
· James Biggs, 37, New Smyrna Beach;
· Megan Cogswell, 30, Port Orange;
· George Dickson, 37, Ormond Beach;
· Corey Dutler, 34, DeLand
· Devon Fitzsimmons, 19, New Smyrna Beach;
· Clinton Herb, 43, DeLand;
· Andy Hicks, 37, Bunnell;
· Kristopher Hoskinson, 46, New Smyrna Beach;
· James King, 40, New Smyrna Beach;
· Joann Lendway, 52, Ormond Beach;
· Paul Marchant, 28, New Smyrna Beach;
· Jason McDowell, 41, Port Orange;
· Christopher Murray, 33, Daytona Beach;
· Ryan Prouse, 31, Port Orange; and
· Christopher Tsikuris, 32, Daytona Beach.
Nine additional suspects remain at large.
In addition to the Attorney General’s Office of Statewide Prosecution and the Volusia County Sheriff’s Office, agencies that assisted in dismantling this drug ring include the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, the Daytona Beach Police Department, the Daytona Beach Shores Department of Public Safety, the DeLand Police Department, the Edgewater Police Department, the New Smyrna Beach Police Department, Homeland Security Investigations and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.