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Chad Chronister, Sheriff
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    Release Number: 15-048

    • For Immediate Release:
    • Public Information Office of Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office
    • January 23, 2015
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    HCSO Arrests Darrell Johnston, Fugitive Out Of Tennessee

    Johnston had an outstanding fugitive warrant for Aggravated Assault and Fleeing to Elude Law Enforcement.
    • Thursday
    • January 22, 2015
    • Time: 12:00 AM
    • Hillsborough State Park
    • 15402 301 Highway N


    Darrell Clay Johnston
    DOB: 10/29/67


    • Fleeing to Elude Law Enforcement
    • Aggravated Assault
    • Convicted Felon in Possession of Ammunition
    • Possession of Methamphetamine
    • Manufacture of Methamphetamine.


    Vanessa Jo Maghielse
    DOB: 10/17/78


    • Possession of Methamphetamine
    • Manufacture of Methamphetamine


    The Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office was tasked with assisting the Wayne County Sheriff's Office in Tennessee and Pinellas County Sheriff's Office with the apprehension of Darrell Clay Johnston who had an outstanding fugitive warrant issued for Aggravated Assault and Fleeing to Elude Law Enforcement. Information was obtained that Johnston was traveling in the area of Thonotosassa in a silver Dodge Dakota pickup truck. HCSO TIN Delta members obtained information that Johnston might be camping in the area and searched local parks. Johnston's vehicle was located in the Hillsborough State Park located at 15402 301 Highway N. near a hiking trail. TIN Delta members set up surveillance and at 4:49 p.m. took both Darrell Johnston and Vanessa Jo Maghielse into custody as they entered the pickup truck. A search of the vehicle was done, after consent was given, and a mobile Clandestine Methamphetamine Laboratory was found within the truck, along with ammunition. No guns were recovered during the search. The investigation continues and more charges are forthcoming.

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