Dylan Harrison, John Shealy, and Michael Bryant of Palm Beach, Florida were arrested on Wednesday after police accused them of creating and distributing synthetic drugs. Harrison, 31, along with Shealy, 39, and Bryant, 29, are facing federal charges of distributing a controlled substance analogue. Bryant’s bail was set at $100,000, while it remains unclear what Harrison and Shealy’s bail will be. While Harrison has retained a private criminal defense attorney, it is not clear whether the other defendants have done so.
According to news reports, the three men, including Harrison, were operating a synthetic drug lab under the name Kratom Labs. The lab was operating out of an untold location. The defendants were allegedly creating a synthetic drug at the lab, which reports say is similar but not exactly the same as the drug that it represented. Police told reporters that the drug was being created under the alias “Mr. Nice Guy” and that it was intended to fool and defraud customers. Police also believe the trio was distributing the drug across the country, sources say.
Harrison is purportedly working with his attorneys and the federal prosecutor to agree on a bond. According to reports, a federal magistrate judge ordered that the three men be held in pre-trial detention.
Kratom Labs was not the only alleged drug house to get busted in the area on Wednesday, although other busts ended up significantly more violent. A Miami-Dade detective was reportedly shot three times Wednesday after he and other detectives visited a suspected drug house. According to sources, the detective was rushed to the nearby Jackson Memorial Hospital, where doctors soon listed him as stable.
News reports say that officers received a tip that a home was being used as an alleged grow house and sent officers to investigate the claim. It is not clear where the home is located or who owns it. Detectives investigating the tip, including the victim whose identity was protected, visited the residence to request consent to search the premises. When they arrived, a man allegedly climbed out of a parked vehicle on the street and opened fire on the officers. The police returned fire, reportedly killing the armed man. His identity has not yet been released to the public as officials search for his next of kin.
The Miami-Dade detective was hit three times in the abdomen during the shootout and was flown to the hospital. Sources say that an additional suspect, also injured during the shootout, was taken into custody. His condition is not immediately available.
While news sources have not revealed the identity of the injured detective, they have said that he was a highly experienced officer with more than 12 years on the force. When asked about his condition, a fellow Miami-Dade detective told reporters, “he was conscious, he was talking to family members. He spoke to his wife on the phone and we had a chance to talk to him briefly. It appears he’ll be OK, we’re certainly praying that he will be.”