Mysterious ‘Miami drug dealer’ once implicated in the HaLeigh Cummings disappearance likely a real person – investigation crippled by Tallahassee pill-mill that supplied drugs to government officials
by Timothy Charles Holmseth
In March of 2009, William Staubs, the Broward County bail bondsman and private investigator that interjected himself into the HaLeigh Cummings missing child investigation, told First Coast News his efforts were being funded by a “drug dealer” in “Miami”.
The assertion seemed odd because HaLeigh disappeared from Putnam County, which is located on the other end of the state in Northern Florida.
Emerging information indicates William Staubs’ (a.k.a. ‘Cobra’) strange reference to a Miami-based drug dealer was true. The implications of drug connections associated with the missing child case explain how law enforcement had/has been rendered impotent and unable to arrest those responsible for HaLeigh’s disappearance.
Putnam County Sheriff’s Office (PCSO) reports show law enforcement knew as early as April, 2009, that Staubs and his colleagues were hiding HaLeigh Cummings in Georgia.
The drug trafficking dynamic to the HaLeigh Cummings case became most pronounced in January of 2010, when the child’s father, Ronald Cummings, and his former teen wife, Misty Croslin, along with several others, were busted in a drug sting and subsequently sentenced to long prison terms.
FDLE agent Travis Smith testified that Misty Croslin, an illiterate teenage rape and abuse victim with no criminal record, who was seventeen years-old when HaLeigh vanished, was the “bigger fish” and deserved her 25 year prison sentence.
“[Misty Croslin has been] been moving an enormous amount of prescription pills in our community. Misty Croslin initiated all the drug transactions,” Smith said.
Smith and the FDLE would have known their testimony against Croslin was false.
New evidence regarding a statewide drug trafficking operation shows Smith’s testimony about Croslin betrays the FDLE. Evidence shows it is more likely that Croslin simply knew too much about the Palatka/Satsuma drug community, as well as the truth about who kidnapped HaLeigh Cummings, and needed to be controlled indefinitely.
FIRST IMPRESSIONS WEIGHT LOSS CLINIC
Staubs’s claims at the time (2009) to be associated with a drug dealer from Miami ultimately tied him to a drug operation spanning the length of the entire state of Florida, because at that time, he was deeply involved with First Impressions weight loss clinic, which was operating in Tallahassee; the clinic was supplying prescription drugs to government officials, judicial officers, and law enforcement agents.
Staubs’s connection to First Impressions afforded him access to a massive amount of knowledge regarding high level government officials, reaching all the way up to the Florida Governor’s office, that were fraudulently acquiring drugs at the Tallahassee pill-mill.
An investigation by Write Into Action shows Staubs staked out First Impressions weight loss clinic and snapped surveillance photographs of government officials coming and going with purchases.
Two of the judicial community employees photographed was Assistant State Attorney John Hutchins, and his wife, Angelique Knox.
ASA Hutchins was prosecuting Jane Watts, the owner of First Impressions, during the exact same time window he was entering the pill-mill (owned by Jane Watts) to obtain the pharmaceuticals.
Documents obtained by Write Into Action reveal individuals from the following agencies frequented First Impressions:
- Chief Inspector General / Office of the Governor
- Second Judicial Circuit of Florida
- United States Attorney’s Office
- Office of the State’s Attorney
- Gadsden County Sheriff’s Office
- Florida Highway Patrol
- Tallahassee Police Department
- Dept of Corrections
- Dept of Agriculture
- Florida Department of Law Enforcement
- Florida Department of Health
- Leon County Sheriff’s Office
- Capital Police
- Leon County Commission
- Florida Department of Revenue
- Republican Party of Florida
- Florida House of Representatives
- Dept of Energy
- Dept Motor Vehicles
Staubs’ possession of surveillance photographs and personal information of visitors to the weight loss clinic is the type of material that would subject the specific public officials and law enforcement officers to blackmail.
Staubs’s circumstances had placed him in exactly that predicament.
In May of 2009, Staubs was arrested by the PCSO on charges of felony false imprisonment after revoking the bond of a man named Daniel Snodgrass; throwing him violently to the ground while his private camera man filmed him for You Tube.
Before the violent incident on March 20, 2009 with Snodgrass, Staubs met with FDLE agent Travis Smith, Putnam County Sheriff Jeff Hardy, Detective John Merchant, and State’s Attorney investigator Chris Middleton, and asserts he received their blessing.
Background information regarding the aforementioned individuals, particularly Smith, Hardy, and Merchant, now indicates Staubs had simply met with rogue members of the drug trafficking community that were law enforcement officers.
Staubs later said Detective Ken Taylor, PCSO, who was angry that Staubs was messing up his case against Snodgrass, went around the chain of command, side-stepping Captain Dominic Piscitello, and was able to secure felony charges against him (Staubs) by the State’s Attorney’s office.
In October of 2009, Staubs’ long time friend and PI client, Dr. Mark Hash, a physician at First Impressions weight loss clinic, was arrested on felony charges of dispensing pharmaceutical with no medical necessity.
The criminal charges filed against Dr. Hash were brought upon an arrest warrant signed by FDLE agent Matt Sears. The charges against Dr. Hash were subsequently dropped due to lack of evidence.
The evidence actually suggested Dr. Hash was the victim of identity theft, where low level employees at the clinic were acquiring prescription medication using his DEA license without his knowledge and then dispensing it to government officials.
Dr. Hash subsequently filed a lawsuit against the FDLE, and Agent Sears was transferred from the FDLE to the Department of Agriculture.
Evidence shows that although the charges against Dr. Hash had been dropped, the client list and surveillance photographs of government officials still posed a serious threat to everyone that obtained prescription drugs on Dr. Hash’s license by fraud, which included the Florida Governor’s chief inspector general.
Therefore – Dr. Hash posed a very serious threat to every single person and agency on the First Impressions client list.
As was the case with young Misty Croslin – the FDLE and Florida law enforcement quickly began targeting another innocent child to cover for their activities.
Court files and public records show the Tallahassee Police Department, along with members of the legal community, targeted Dr. Hash via his sixteen year-old son, Alec Thomas Hash, in a change of custody scheme, which was run through Leon County Family Court Judge Karen Gievers.
The Hash family was stalked relentlessly.
Photos captured at the front of Dr. Hash’s home show a squad car sitting ominously outside, and video captures former TPD Sgt. Mark Peavey, stalking their residence. Alec Hash says Peavey came to the door and threatened to kill the boy’s dog, adding that the boy’s dad (Dr. Mark Hash) will know what ‘we are talking about’.
Continued terror tactics by the TPD ultimately resulted in a second lawsuit, which was filed against the TPD on behalf of Alec Hash.
The change of custody scheme morphed into an all-out kidnapping plot in May of 2013, after Alec Hash slipped away to Missouri and got married; thus becoming an emancipated adult and not subject to Judge Gievers.
The emancipation gave Alec Hash the legal right to leave Florida, which he promptly did.
He was promptly pursued.
In 2013, the FDLE published a ‘Missing Person’ poster of Alec Thomas Hash, after he fled the state and refused to come back. The FDLE continued to publish the poster even after the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children instructed the FDLE to remove the poster from publication because Alec Hash wasn’t missing.
On the same day the FDLE was told Alec Hash was not missing, somebody claiming to be a teenage girl named “Jackie Cannon” used Facebook to contact Alec Hash and attempted to lure him back into Florida (where a juvenile pick-up order signed by Judge Karen Gievers awaited him).
MIAMI BEACH POLICE DEPARTMENT
In March of 2014, Alec Hash, still successfully eluding rogue law enforcement attempting to kidnap him, inexplicably came on the radar of the Miami Beach Police Department (MBPD).
On March 10, 2014, the MBPD ran a Driver and Vehicle Information Database (DAVID) search on Alec Hash.
Alec Hash has no connection to Miami.
David De La Espriella, captain, MBPD, was named on the DAVID search and contacted in advance of this story. No response by De La Espriella has been received.
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