According to Clay County Sheriff Mike Heaton, deputies and members of the Brazil City Police Department were serving an arrest warrant to a rural Clay County residence Saturday evening when they discovered information of a possible plan to "rob" a marijuana dealer.
Although details are limited due to the ongoing investigation, officials released new details Wednesday.
However, while officials were on the scene, a vehicle arrived containing a large amount of marijuana and cash. Officials confirmed to The Brazil Times the identities of the driver and passenger in the vehicle are being withheld at this time to protect the integrity of the investigation.
During a subsequent search of the mobile home, deputies discovered undisclosed amounts of marijuana, methamphetamine and a handgun allegedly brought to the home for use during the robbery.
Suspects in the robbery plan allegedly include Zachariah Jones, 20, and Charles R. Moran, 28, both of Brazil, who were both taken into custody Saturday.
The case file from the ongoing investigation was turned over to the Clay County Prosecutor's Office Monday for review and other potential charges to be filed in the case.
Moran was preliminarily charged with Conspiracy to Commit Robbery, Possession of Methamphetamine and Maintaining a Common Nuisance. Moran is currently incarcerated at the Clay County Justice Center on a $10,000 cash bond, with no 10 percent allowed, awaiting further court proceedings in the matter.
Jones appeared by video conference in Clay Superior Court Tuesday to be formally arraigned on one count of class A felony Conspiracy to Commit Robbery Resulting In Serious Bodily Injury, one count of class D felony Maintaining a Common Nuisance and a Class A misdemeanor charge of Possession of Paraphernalia.
Judge Blaine Akers entered a preliminary plea of not guilty on Jones' behalf, set bond a cash bond of $10,000 with no 10 percent allowed (consecutive with any other bonds Jones may face) and appointed Clay County Public Defender Charles Hear to represent Jones in the case. A jury trial has been tentatively scheduled for Aug. 1.
An arrest warrant was issued for the third suspect Ryan Fontanyi, 28, Brazil, Monday, who was taken into custody Tuesday evening. With a cash bond of $10,000 (no 10 percent allowed), Fontanyi is charged with Conspiracy To Commit Robbery and currently incarcerated while awaiting further court proceedings.
An arrest warrant was also issued for Zachariah's wife Tracy (Tedder) Jones, 24, Brazil.
She was taken into custody Wednesday morning and preliminarily charged with felony Maintaining a Common Nuisance, Possession of Paraphernalia and Possession of Marijuana Under 30 Grams.