Gun Sales Bring Searches, Seizures

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Byline: TIA MITCHELL, The Times-Union

Federal agents have served two search warrants in Jacksonville as part of an undercover investigation into illegal gun sales at the Volusia County Flea Market.

Authorities said Wednesday that 20 guns were taken from a home in the 5000 block of Marble Egret Drive in Mandarin and another 51 firearms were removed from a rented storage unit at on Philips Highway, according to the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.

Three houses in DeLand, a Sanford residence and four locations at the flea market were also searched. The ATF said 344 guns were seized.

The warrants alleged violations ranging from selling guns to convicted felons to dealing firearms without a license. The warrants were carried out by the ATF, Volusia County Sheriff's Office, DeLand Police Department and the U.S. Marshals Service.

ATF spokesman Carlos Baixauli said no arrests were made and the 15-month investigation is ongoing. Baixauli said federal indictments will be pursued.

MAN CHARGED IN WIFE'S DEATH

A St. Johns County man was charged Thursday with murder in the death of his wife this week.

Charles Herman Best, 56, of 111 Gentian Road was found at the Marathon Airport in the Florida Keys on Wednesday by the Monroe County Sheriff's Office.

Best was charged with the death of his wife, Margaret "Peggy" Best, 60, who was found inside her residence in the St. Augustine South subdivision on Tuesday, according to the St. Johns Sheriff's Office.

Margaret Best died of multiple stab wounds to the chest, according to district medical examiner Terrence Steiner. She had been dead for a couple of days, according to Steiner.

VANDALISM CASE REWARD OFFERED

A Jacksonville-based builder is offering a $2,500 reward after discovering a newly built house vandalized at Cannon's Point subdivision in OakLeaf Plantation.

Admiral Homes representatives on Thursday found the house broken into and flooded with water, according to a Clay County Sheriff's Office report.

Authorities suspect someone tampered with the faucets and drains, causing the home on the 1700 block of Canopy Oaks Drive to flood, the report said. …