The Walton County Sheriff’s Office received an anonymous tip shortly after midnight on Thursday, October 16th, where the caller stated that a man by the name of Christopher Dwight Ford was driving on Coy Burgess Loop in DeFuniak Springs and may be going to pick up a load of narcotics. A description of the vehicle was given and the caller stated that Ford may have drugs and a gun inside the vehicle. A BOLO (Be On The Look Out) was given to Deputies who were patrolling the area. Deputies located the vehicle at McDonalds, which was described as an older model blue and white Chevy truck. The tag number on the vehicle was run and it confirmed the vehicle belonged to Ford. A traffic stop was initiated on I10 after the driver failed to signal as he merged into the eastbound lane and also crossing the fog line of the south shoulder. Contact was made with the driver, who was identified as Christopher Ford.
Deputies noticed Ford was wearing a holster and when asked where his gun was, Ford told deputies that he did not have a gun in the vehicle. During the traffic stop, K9 Kayne made a positive alert for drugs on the vehicle. A back pack was found in the front passenger seat that contained marijuana and numerous prescription pills. A fully loaded black 40 caliber highpoint pistol was also located between the driver’s seat and center console.
Christopher Dwight Ford, 38, of 3533 River Road, Vernon, FL was arrested and charged with possession of drugs without a prescription, carrying a concealed weapon, display of a firearm during a felony, marijuana possession with intent to sell, manufacture or delivery, possession of a controlled substance without a prescription, possession of cocaine and 19 counts for possession of narcotic equipment.