DeSoto County Sheriff’s Department
Monday, June 20, 2022, the DeSoto County Sheriff’s Office (DCSO) received a call for service regarding a shooting on SW Highway 17. While investigating the call for service, DCSO Patrol Deputies identified an AK-47 assault rifle as the suspected weapon and located marijuana plants in plain view on the subject’s property. As a result, a search warrant was secured by the Narcotics Unit for the residence of Daniel Cortez III. During the search warrant, 200 rounds of ammunition, two fully loaded AK-47 magazines and 17.41 grams of suspected methamphetamine were located, meant to victimize the citizens of DeSoto County. DCSO also located paraphernalia and other weapons within the premises.
Upon completion of the search warrant, Daniel Cortez III was charged with three counts of Possession of Weapon – or ammunition by a convicted felon, Marijuana – producing schedule I, Marijuana – possession not more than 20 grams, two counts of Drug Equipment – possess or use, Amphetamine – traffic or methamphetamine 14 grams of over, Public Order Crimes – keep public nuisance structure for drug activity, and Drugs – possess controlled substance without prescription.
Sheriff Potter reminds the community that the DeSoto County Sheriff’s Office will not tolerate individuals selling unlawful drugs meant to victimize the citizens of DeSoto County.