2 locals linked to meth ring

Published 12:23 am Friday, January 8, 2010

Two Covington County residents allegedly caught in the act of making meth inside their Andalusia home in December have now been linked to a methamphetamine manufacturing ring in Walton County, Fla.

Deana Louise Leavins, 25, and Kenneth “Kenny” Davidson, 45, were arrested Dec. 16 by Drug Task Force agents after allegations the couple was illegally manufacturing meth.

The two were arrested and charged with trafficking and manufacturing a controlled substance, conspiracy to distribute a controlled substance, as well as two possession charges.

Thursday, Mike Gurspan, Walton County Sheriff’s Office public information officer, said the two once again found themselves on the wrong side of the law as deputies culminated a nine-month undercover operation in a series of pre-dawn raids across the Florida Panhandle and southeast Alabama.

Dubbed “Operation Valley View,” the push netted 13 arrests in total. Two people — Chrissy Nicole Clark, 29, and Billy Ray Blane, 55, both of Walton County — remain at large.

“(Leavins and Davidson), apparently along with the other suspects, were used to purchase the pseudo(ephedrine) and other chemicals used in the meth manufacture, which ultimately led to their arrest,” Gurspan said. “Blane is believed to be the head of this enterprise and we are seeking information on his whereabouts.”

Gurspan said the main portion of the department’s investigation took place in the Valley View community of eastern Walton County and led deputies to Holmes County, Fla., Samson and ultimately Andalusia.

Both Leavins and Davidson remain in the Covington County Jail under a $900,000 bond. It is unknown when they will be extradited to Walton County where they will face charges of criminal conspiracy, possession of meth with the intent to sell/manufacture/deliver and one count of using a two-way communication device to facilitate a felony.