Two School Resource Deputies who are assisting in spring break law enforcement efforts, responded to Scenic Gulf Inn and Suites at 39 Scenic Gulf Drive, at 2:41 PM for a noise complaint on the 4th floor. While on the 4th floor, Deputies John Pettis and Nathan Hicks smelled marijuana. They tracked the smell to a second floor room and knocked on the door. The occupants, who were spring break students from Georgia, opened the door and, after finding cocaine, marijuana, paraphernalia and underage drinkers, made three arrests. The three students are currently being booked at the Walton County Jail. The WCSO Vice/Narcotics Unit assisted in the case.
Alec Connaughton, 20, is charged with possession of a controlled substance “cocaine” and underage possession of alcohol.
Brian Garner, 20, is charged with possession of a controlled substance “cocaine,” possession of marijuana over 20 grams, possession of drug paraphernalia and underage possession of alcohol.
Kenneth Collins, 19, is charged with underage possession of alcohol.