Suspect had enough fentanyl to kill 50,000 police say

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BAY COUNTY, FL – The Bay County Sheriff’s Office announced the seizure of fentanyl, crystal meth, cocaine and drug paraphernalia on April 22, 2021. The specific amount of fentanyl was 3.6 ounces: enough lethal doses to kill about 50,000 people. On April 22, 2021, the BCSO Special Investigations Division was working in the Callaway area at about 12:15 am. Investigators noticed a suspicious vehicle and set up visual surveillance on it. The vehicle was observed driving at times without lights. The vehicle pulled into a driveway of a residence where it did not belong and the driver put his hand outside the window as if discarding something before driving away.

A traffic stop was done and a drug detection dog was utilized on the vehicle. The dog alerted to the presence of the odor of illegal narcotics. The driver, identified as Ellery Dobbins, and the vehicle were searched and a pipe with methamphetamine residue was found.

During the stop, investigators went back to the spot where the vehicle was observed stopping and the driver discarding something, and a black nylon bag was found lying in the open on the driveway. Inside the bag was located 3.6 ounces of fentanyl-laced powder, 3.5 ounces of crystal methamphetamine, 2.2 ounces of cocaine, a red digital scale, and other drug paraphernalia.

During the course of the investigation, other evidence was developed that linked Dobbins to the black bag found in the driveway. 3.6 ounces of fentanyl is enough lethal doses to kill about 50,000 people.


Ellery Dobbins, age 37, was arrested and charged with Trafficking in Fentanyl, Trafficking in Methamphetamine, Trafficking in Cocaine, and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.

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