SWAT raids alleged drug den in CR

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By Abdon Sidibe

CRYSTAL RIVER — A man who has numerous felony convictions was picked up Friday on a raft of drug charges and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, according to the Citrus County Sheriff’s Office.

Issac Randle Edwards, 36, of Mango Lane, is facing charges of possession of a controlled substance (crack cocaine and pills), manufacture with intent to sell, possession of marijuana, lease or rent of a place for trafficking, and paraphernalia. His bond is $46,000.

The sheriff’s office’s SWAT team descended on Edward’s home and detained him while investigators searched the resi­dence, according to reports.

Edwards immediately claimed responsibility for all the narcotics and paraphernalia found in the residence and insisted a female who was in the home at the time had no role in his endeavors, according to the report.

Investigators found $2,508 in cash on Edwards, who said he was unemployed.

A quick records check revealed Edwards had 14 felony convictions and he had just admitted to investigators he had a gun under his bed. Authorities found a Colt American Eagle 1911 .45.

Investigators also found 2.6 grams of crack cocaine, several plastic baggies with cocaine residue and 11 grams of marijuana. Three Clonazepam pills were found in Edwards’ bedroom.

Investigators also found materials used in the manufacture of crack cocaine such as spoons with cocaine residue, razor blades, a scale and baking soda.

According to reports, no paraphernalia was found, giving investigators cause to believe Edwards was not a cocaine user.

He was arrested and transported to the Citrus County Detention Center.

Chronicle reporter A.B. Sidibe can be reached at 352-564-2925 or asidibe@chronicleonline.com.