$200,000 In Drugs Seized Near Jay In Connection To Escambia County Case

March 28, 2024

Drugs valued at $200,000 were seized when a search warrant was executed near Jay later Wednesday evening in connection with an Escambia County case, the Santa Rosa County Sheriff’s Office said.

The SRSO Narcotics Unit executed a search warrant in the 4900 block of Dobson Road to assist with an Escambia County Sheriff’s Office investigation.

Information was received that the suspect was in possession of large amounts of Spice (synthetic cannabinoids), Marijuana, and THC edibles, SRSO said.

Travis Paul Sterback, 27, was charged with trafficking in synthetic cannabinoids, possession of marijuana with intent to distribute, fleeing and eluding at a high rate of speed and firing a weapon in public. He remained in the Santa Rosa County Jail.

Additional charges are pending in Escambia County.

Sterback was not at the residence when investigators arrived, but they soon learned he was enroute. Deputies said when Sterback arrived, he stopped in front of the residence and fired two shots out of the driver’s side window. The Sheriff’s Office said he was ordered to stop, but he quickly fled the scene at a high rate of speed and continued eluding law enforcement for several miles, before being stopped on Highway 87.

Detectives recovered 150 pounds of spice from the property, with a street value of $200,000. Two guns were also recovered from the vehicle, along with $3,000 in cash believed to be from criminal activity.

“We are thankful for our great partnership with the Escambia County Sheriff’s Office. Working together has certainly made an impact on getting drugs off the streets and keeping our citizens safe,” Jillian Durkin, Santa Rosa Sheriff’s Office Public Information Officer, said.


10 Responses to “$200,000 In Drugs Seized Near Jay In Connection To Escambia County Case”

  1. Seriously? on March 30th, 2024 9:46 am

    Are you serious?
    This wasn’t far from the school in Jay! This crap is all over the place there, a student almost overdosed on it. So yes, no problem at all, is it??

    I bet you think it’s fine for the fentanyl to be brought in from the border too?

  2. Not a dumbass on March 30th, 2024 4:22 am

    He wasn’t growing weed idiots.

  3. Not a dumbass on March 30th, 2024 4:21 am

    Read the article READ! Do you commenters know the definition of the word “synthetic” ? Apparently you didn’t finish the 5th grade. He was in possession of thousands of pounds of “SPICE” which is a manmade smokeable product that is sprayed with every thing under the kitchen sink to make the user feel a euphoria effect in an attempt to mimic the effects of marijuana. But is it the complete opposite! It is a drug as bad as heroin.

  4. Bob on March 29th, 2024 6:12 pm


    There’s a difference between something being “wrong” and something being “illegal”.

    Let’s ignore the law for a second. What is the harm in a person growing a cannabis plant? WHY should growing a cannabis plant be illegal?

  5. David on March 29th, 2024 3:56 pm

    I am happy to see that our local law enforcement officers were able to SPICE up this thugs life life before he spiced up some of our kids in the neighborhood. Good Going LEO’S!!!Q

  6. AC on March 29th, 2024 10:24 am

    What’s wrong with growing some pot? It’s ILLEGAL! That’s what’s wrong with it. For years we were told by the pothead crowd that if they would just legalize it and regulate it and tax it that all the problems with illegal growers and dealers would go away. Well, I think we can all see now that was just a lot of BS. Now we have “stores are popping up on every corner.” and “they selling it everyday in stores in pensacola (sic)” and yet people like Mr. Sterback continue to illegally grow and sell it.

  7. Concerned on March 29th, 2024 8:11 am

    What’s wrong growing some pot?they selling it everyday in stores in pensacola.whats the difference?stores are popping up on every corner.and why are the elected officials allowing that?it’s all about money.what a shame what we are coming to.more people moving here more drugs coming in.look who u vote for.

  8. James on March 29th, 2024 3:09 am

    Same guy was reported on NE.com March 19, 2020, as a Cantonment resident with multiple charges. Many Jay arrests are criminals who see an isolated rural area and think they can conduct their criminal activities under the radar. They mostly were not raised in the Jay area, nor hold the same value and morals representative of the Jay community.

  9. JTV on March 28th, 2024 6:55 pm

    Take out the trash

  10. D port on March 28th, 2024 5:18 pm

    Thankful for law enforcement for keeping spice and this thug off the streets.

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