Michael Groom MUG

Michael Lawrence Groom

An Inverness man’s loud phone conversation about drugs caught some attention inside a convenience store, leading to his arrest for carrying a bag of narcotics and a trafficking weight of heroin.

For 30 minutes on the night of Jan. 21, 27-year-old Michael Lawrence Groom was in the bathroom of the Circle K convenience store at 817 U.S. 41, where he was heard yelling about cocaine on a cellphone call, according to Groom’s arrest report.

Citrus County Sheriff’s Office deputies arrived after someone reported Groom’s argument.

Groom explained to deputies he was in the bathroom because of stomach problems, and gave police consent to search a camouflage bag he was carrying, his arrest report shows.

Inside the bag, deputies found several plastic containers and baggies carrying 5.1 grams of heroin, 17 clonazepam pills, a suboxone pill and 22.75 grams of marijuana, according to Groom’s arrest report.

Groom was arrested on charges of trafficking in more than 4 grams of heroin, possessing drug paraphernalia and three counts of possessing a controlled substance. 

Deputies jailed Groom on a $32,000 bond, which a judge upheld Jan. 23 at Groom’s first appearance in court, records show.

Groom’s arraignment was scheduled for Feb. 10. As charged, he faces up to 45 years in prison, including a mandatory sentence of three years, according to Florida law.

Contact Chronicle reporter Buster Thompson at 352-564-2916 or bthompson@chronicleonline.com.

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