Editor's Note: Due to a reporter's error, the incorrect charges were stated for Ian Broughton-Tate, who was arrested on a charge of possessing more than 20 grams of marijuana.
Editor's Note: Due to incorrect information in a news release, the incorrect charge was stated for Erich Taylor, who was arrested on a misdemeanor of possessing less than 20 grams of marijuana.
Police raided three homes over the course of two days this week, charging six people with stockpiling or possessing a variety of narcotics that ranged from fentanyl to marijuana wax.
Members of the Citrus County Sheriff’s Office’s (CCSO’s) SWAT Team and Tactical Impact Unit served a search warrant Thursday on a home at 4080 N. Woodland Point in Crystal River, according to a sheriff’s news release.
After finding drugs and distribution equipment inside the house, deputies arrested the homeowner, 46-year-old Erich Taylor, on charges of possessing methamphetamine with the intent to sell, possessing fentanyl, possessing less than 20 grams of marijuana and possessing paraphernalia. Taylor's bond was set at $11,000.
Brandi Robinson, 37, of Crystal River, was also issued a misdemeanor citation for having less than 20 grams of marijuana.
On Friday, and with the assistance of the Hernando County Sheriff’s Office SWAT Team, CCSO served two simultaneous search warrants on houses linked to narcotics sales, CCSO’s news release states.
While SWAT team members were arriving at the house at 10835 S. Lecanto Highway in Lecanto, 20-year-old Nicholas Slack armed himself with an AK-47 rifle, but dropped the firearm soon after police entered the premises, according to the sheriff’s office.
Inside the home, authorities found more than a pound and a half of marijuana, more than a pound of marijuana wax, about 47 grams of concentrated THC liquid, four firearms and $12,555 in cash.
Slack and his co-defendant, 21-year-old Jaren Nevera, were arrested on charges of possessing marijuana with intent to sell, possessing marijuana wax with intent to sell and possessing liquid THC with intent to sell. Slack was also charged with attempting to use a firearm in the commission of a felony. Slack's bond was set at $20,000; Nevera's was set at $15,000.
The final search warrant was served at 473 NE Second St. in Crystal River, where law enforcement discovered a half pound of marijuana, a small amount of marijuana wax, $5,890 in cash, 17 firearms that included an AR-15 with an unlicensed suppressor and two bulletproof vests, according to the sheriff’s office.
Police arrested 18-year-old Ian Broughton-Tate on charges of possessing more than 20 grams of marijuana. His bond was set at $2,000. Michael Lewis, 21, was also charged with possessing marijuana with intent to sell and possessing marijuana wax with intent to sell. His bond was set at $8,000.
"We are extremely proud to continue our mission to make Citrus County the safest community in Florida by cleaning up illegal drug activity,” CCSO Sheriff Mike Prendergast said in the release. “A special thank you to Hernando County Sheriff Al Nienhuis for lending his SWAT team to aid our operations and further protect our citizens."