ORANGE PARK, FL — Clay County Sheriff’s Office detectives arrested a man after he arranged a narcotics sale within 400 feet of a daycare facility.
Clay County Sheriff’s Office detectives got information that Christopher Jerome Hansley was coming from Duval County to sell drugs in Clay County, specifically at the Orange Park Mall. “This individual would walk around the mall. He would target people that he thought might be interested in what he had to sell. He was as bold as to give people free samples of narcotics, which was very disturbing because a lot of young adults and people frequent that mall,” Lieutenant Domenic Paniccia said.
We do not have evidence to believe that Hansley gave or sold narcotics to juveniles. “But we do know that he did give narcotics to adults,” Paniccia said.
CCSO undercover narcotics detectives made contact with Hansley, who instructed the undercover detective to meet him at the Rowe’s grocery store behind Chili’s on Wells Road for a drug sale. “This location was chosen by him which was also disturbing because it was within 400 feet of a daycare, where people’s kids are coming to learn and play and everything else,” Paniccia said, “He was also armed, so this individual was not only carrying drugs into our community, he was armed with a pistol and it was loaded.”
The CCSO Organized Crime Unit took Hansley into custody. They found a loaded pistol and 17.6 grams of crack cocaine, some of which was packaged for sales. “It’s a big win,” Paniccia said, “To get this guy off the streets of Clay, out of this community. The people who are responsible for this can’t get in front of this camera and I just want to thank them for all the hard work.”
Hansley was booked into the Clay County Jail.