MCSO Dispatcher Arrested in Drug & Weapons Investigation
Madison County Sheriff Ben Stewart reports the Sheriff’s Office Drug Task Force has been conducting a lengthy investigation involving drug and gun distribution throughout Madison County. The investigation further identified the primary suspect, Ladarirs Rashod Edwards, as an individual that’s been historically documented by the Florida Department of Corrections as a “Bloods” criminal gang member. The investigation further learned that Edwards had made direct threats relating to Sheriff’s Office personnel and their safety.
On Tuesday the 9th day of June 2015, Investigators attempted to stop Edwards but he jumped from the vehicle and fled on foot leaving behind his cell phone and illegal narcotics (Bath Salts). Investigators obtained a felony arrest warrant for Edwards and executed a search warrant on the phone. Evidence from the phone revealed a Madison County Sheriff’s Office dispatcher, Wanda Cotrell Taylor, had communicated with Edwards on several occasions for the purpose of obtaining drugs. Taylor was hired by MCSO in February of 2015. Sheriff Stewart took immediate action and terminated Taylor’s employment from the Sheriff’s Office on Tuesday June 16, 2015.
On Tuesday the 16th day of June 2015, Edwards’s location was suspected to be in Lowndes County Georgia. Assistance was requested from Lowndes County Sheriff’s Office which soon confirmed Edwards’s location actually in Brooks County Georgia. Edwards was taken into custody on the Madison County Warrant with additional charges (weapons, illegal substances and resisting) coming from Georgia during his arrest. Additionally, Lowndes County discovered in Edwards’s possession a list of sensitive Sheriff’s Office personnel information as well as two Madison County Emergency Medical Services radios with Sheriff’s Office frequencies.
The investigation continued and revealed that Taylor had provided the sensitive information and radios to Edwards in exchange for illegal substances. Taylor was arrested and charged accordingly.
A warrant to search the residence of Edwards (196 SE Oak Street Madison, Fl.) was obtained and executed on the 16th day of June 2015. The warrant discovered additional controlled substances (Bath Salts), firearms, ammunition and counterfeit currency. Present at the residence was Edwards’s girlfriend, Ashley Lamb, which was taken into custody and charged accordingly. Additional charges resulting from the search warrant are being filed in Madison County for Edwards.
The investigation continues with the potential for additional arrest and/or charges.
Arrested and charged are the following:
Wanda Cotrell Taylor, W/F, DOB: 08/29/1989 of Madison, Fl.
Unlawful use of Police Radios (3cts)
Principle in 1st degree
Grand Theft (1cts)
Ladarirs Rashod Edwards, B/M, DOB: 02/16/1991 of Madison, Fl.
In addition to Georgia current charges
Possession Controlled substance
Possession firearm convicted felon
Possession counterfeit currency
Unlawful use of Police Radios
23 Previous arrest: 2007-Grandtheft Auto, No Driver’s license ( Madison County), 2008-disturbing peace, disorderly conduct, aggravated battery (bodily harm/disability domestic violence) (Madison County), 2009-probation violation (Madison County), carrying concealed weapon (firearm) (Tallahassee Police), carrying concealed weapon (firearm) Madison County, 2010-possession controlled substance (MDMA), concealed weapon (Madison County), probation violation (Leon County), Resisting arrest (Leon County), 2011- Carrying concealed weapon (Firearm) (Madison County), 2013-aggravated battery on Law Enforcement, resisting with violence, burglary to occupied dwelling (Jacksonville), 2014- Failure to appear (Madison County), resisting with violence (Jacksonville), possession controlled substance (2 cts), suspended Driver’s license (Jefferson County), possession marijuana less than 20, resisting, criminal mischief, paraphernalia, ( Madison Police Department).
Ashley Lynn Lamb, W/F, DOB: 11/06/1990 of Madison, Fl.
Possession Counterfeit Currency