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Local authorities took at least three people into custody Tuesday morning following a drug raid in a Crystal River community.

Citrus County Sheriff’s Office deputies and undercover narcotics detectives with the agency’s Tactical Impact Unit detained five people at around 8:20 a.m., after serving a warrant to search a mobile home within the Hunter Springs Residential Park at 316 NE 2nd St.

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A Citrus County Sheriff's Office deputy directs a handcuffed woman to a patrol car after she was apprehended Tuesday morning during a drug raid of a Crystal River home off of Northeast Second Street within the Hunter Springs Residential Community.

No injuries were reported.

“Everyone complied,” Sheriff Mike Prendergast told a Chronicle reporter at the scene.

Inside the home, located on lot 15 of the neighborhood, deputies found what they described as a “smorgasbord” of illegal narcotics, including a trafficking amount of heroin found beside a firearm and a substantial amount of cash.

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A Citrus County Sheriff's Office deputy escorts a handcuffed man to a patrol car Tuesday morning after authorities raided a home off of Northeast Second Street in Crystal River to seize illegal drugs.

Other drugs included methamphetamine, cocaine, LSD (acid), hydrocodone pills and marijuana. Deputies also found a dog on the premises.

“It was a small space with a lot of stuff,” Prendergast said.

Deputies blocked Northeast Second Street to traffic from Three Sisters Springs Trail to Northeast Fourth Avenue as investigations into the drugs continued.

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Citrus County Sheriff's Office deputies give a handcuffed woman a bottle of water Tuesday morning after apprehending her during a raid of a home off of Northeast Second Street in Crystal River.

After interviewing their detainees, narcotics detectives escorted a handcuffed man and two women to patrol cars.

No additional details on those arrested were released by the sheriff’s office by Wednesday’s print deadline.


Contact Chronicle reporter Buster Thompson at 352-564-2916 or