Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Raid Reveals Fortified House

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Raid Reveals Fortified House

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Police raiding a Jacksonville house said they found fortifications and a surveillance system along with crack cocaine, ammunition and a chained pit bull terrier puppy that was lying in its own filth.

Two men who ran from the house on West Allandale Circle were charged with trafficking and other drug charges. Sam Preston, 21, of the 3200 block of Myra Street, and Larry Bernard Worth, 23, of the 1900 block of South College Circle, were arrested after police said they ran from the house and scaled a backyard fence.

Worth was also charged with cruelty to animals. A puppy chained in a carport and several other pit bull terriers were turned over to city Animal Control.

Police who raided the Northwest Jacksonville house Friday rammed through two burglar bar-protected doors before reaching a living room, where televisions connected to surveillance cameras displayed approaches to the house, according to the report. Inside, police found large bags of crack and powder cocaine, paraphernalia to process and sell the drug, rifle ammunition and $1,221 in cash.

Preston and Worth were caught after police saw them running from the house. Preston was carrying almost $1,600, the report said.

Preston remained in jail Wednesday in lieu of $100,003 bail. Worth was released Saturday on a $100,003 bond, police said.

Dana Treen


A 16-year-old Jacksonville girl told police she was raped and forced to perform oral sex on two men who used a gun to get her and an 18-year-old male friend into a car early Tuesday.

The girl said she and a friend were walking at West 15th Street and Melson Avenue about 1:45 a.m. when the men pulled up in a car and one had a gun. After a short ride, the 18-year-old was robbed and abandoned and the girl was taken away in the car, according to a police report.

The girl told police she was forced to perform the sex acts and was raped by both attackers before her purse was thrown from the car and she was released.

The Times-Union does not publish the names of victims of sex crimes.

Dana Treen


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