FDLE arrests former Atlantic Beach Police Chief Michael Classey

ATLANTIC BEACH, Fla. – Agents from the Florida Department of Law Enforcement Jacksonville Regional Operations Center arrested Michael Classey, 50, for 18 counts of possession of a controlled substance, one count of trafficking in codeine, one count of tampering with or fabricating physical evidence and one count of possession of drug paraphernalia. 
FDLE Agents began investigating Classey on Sept. 18, 2014 after receiving information from Homeland Security Investigations (HSI).  HSI intercepted a package from India containing controlled substances. The package was delivered to “Michael Cassey” at a UPS store post office box in Jacksonville. Classey went to the store to retrieve that package, along with another one.  One package contained Xanax (Alprazolam) and the other contained injectable steroids. 
On Sept. 19, FDLE and HSI Agents executed a search warrant at Classey’s residence in Jacksonville and found large quantities of various steroids, Codeine, Xanax, and syringes. When agents asked to see the computer he ordered the drugs on, Classey advised he asked his son to dispose of it. 
Classey turned himself in today and was booked into the Duval County jail on $136,063 bond. He resigned as police chief of Atlantic Beach on Sept. 23 amid the investigation. This case will be prosecuted by the Office of the State Attorney, 4th Judicial Circuit. 
For Further Information Contact:
Gretl Plessinger, Samantha Andrews or Steve Arthur
FDLE Office of Public Information
(850) 410-7001


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