Police: One car stolen
Published 7:51 am Wednesday, March 12, 2008
By By Lisa Tindell – news editor
At least one vehicle on the car lot of Carey “Mike” Haveard - who remains in jail on drug and theft charges - was stolen, police said Tuesday.
Meanwhile, Haveard's sister was arrested Tuesday on charges of intimidating a witness in the case.
Mike Haveard remains in the Escambia County Detention Center under an $8 million cash bond following his arrest last week after a long investigation. He owned U-Ride Auto Sales in East Brewton, where authorities seized the property the day of Haveard's arrest.
Original theft charges against Haveard included four counts of criminal solicitation to commit theft of property, first degree, surrounding alleged activity showing an intent that another person engage in actions constituted the crime of theft of property by deception.
Haveard's sister, Ramona Haveard Smith, was arrested Tuesday in connection with the ongoing investigation of Haveard, according to Forbes.
Smith was charged with third-degree assault and intimidating a witness. Bond was set Tuesday at $100,000.
Smith's arrest stems from the assault of a cooperating witness in the check-laundering ring as well as the drug distribution ring, Forbes said.
Investigators with the Drug Task Force, Brewton Police Department, Escambia County Sheriff's Department, ABI and other agencies are continuing to investigate leads made possible by this case, and more arrests are likely, Forbes said.
At the time of the arrest and seizure of the business, investigators recovered OxyContin pills and $5,000 in cash. All property and merchandise at the location was also seized following the arrest.
But Forbes said rumors of Blueberry Hill Mobile Home Park, also owned by Haveard, being seized by law enforcement agencies is untrue.
Agencies involved in an ongoing investigation regarding Haveard's activities include the 21st Judicial Drug Task Force, Escambia County Sheriffs Department, Brewton Police Department, East Brewton Police Department and the Alabama Bureau of Investigation, Forbes said.