A male and female were arrested this week on drug charges in a Sumter County home.

Sumter County deputies claim that the male arrested had outstanding warrants and that they uncovered drugs, weapons and large amounts of cash from inside the home.

On Tuesday morning, deputies from the Sumter County Sheriff's Office and Pinellas County Sheriff's Office conducted a joint investigation to serve outstanding warrants for burglary charges out of Pasco County issued on the 23-year-old male.

Investigators claim that they learned that the man may be heavily armed with assault rifles and explosives, and that he would resist police if they tried to take him into custody.

Deputies from the Citrus County Sheriff's Office assisted with the arrest by shutting down traffic on State Road 44 and evacuating residents in the immediate area.

A Code Red call was placed advising residents to avoid the area during the law enforcement operation.

A SWAT team approached the residence and the man was taken into custody without incident.

The 19-year-old woman in the home at the time was also arrested after deputies said they found a large amount of narcotics and drug paraphernalia in the home.

Deputies allegedly seized the following:

  • 28.1 grams of Crack Cocaine, 11.3 grams Cocaine (powder), value $3,940      
  • 25.3 grams of THC Oil, value $1,265
  • 37.3 grams of Dilaudid, value $2,940
  • 9,8 grams of Oxycodone, value $2,910
  • 191 pounds of K-2 Spice, value $433,520.21
  • 44 Marijuana plants, value $27,500
  • $19,571.85 in cash
  • a Ruger .45 caliber pistol with ammunition
  • a Rossi .357 caliber revolver with ammunition, allegedly stolen from Pasco County

The man was charged with several drug and weapon charges.  His bond was set at $117,000.

The woman is facing three drug charges. Her bail was set at $28,000.

If you have been charged with drug possession or any other drug-related charge, or if you have been accused of a drug offense or are being investigated for a drug offense, do not wait to get legal help until the last second. It is always best to obtain the assistance of an experienced criminal lawyer to defend your interests now.

Contact our Villages Drug Crimes Defense Lawyers at Whittel & Melton today to get the legal help you need. We can act as a buffer between you and the police, and in some situations, we can even help avoid charges from being filed in the first place. From the initial investigation to state or federal court, our criminal defense lawyers will guide you through the process and be fighting on your side every step of the way.

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