Alleged Drug Dealer Flushes Narcotics – Investigator’s “Dirty” Job Follows
BROOKSVILLE – If you’re going to flush drugs down the toilet, make sure you have city sewer instead of septic tank. That’s most likely what one alleged drug dealer is thinking, now that he’s sitting behind bars facing dozens of narcotics charges.
The Sheriff’s Office released the following detailed statement regarding an early morning drug raid at a residence on Forzando Street:
In the early morning hours on 10-02-15, the Hernando County Sheriff’s Office Vice and Narcotics Unit executed a search warrant at the home of Charles Reese, located at 16128 Forzando Avenue in Brooksville. The search warrant was the result of a lengthy investigation that involved undercover detectives purchasing methamphetamine and dilaudid on four separate occasions from Reese.
The Sheriff’s Office has been handling complaints about Reese since 2011. Numerous citizens shared their concerns about suspicious activity occurring at the residence, to include possible drug sales.
At approximately 5:22 a.m., the Hernando County Sheriff’s Office SWAT Team, Selective Enforcement Unit, K-9 Unit, District 1 detectives, and Forensics assisted Narcotics detectives with serving the search warrant. As SWAT observers watched the residences, three subjects noticed law enforcement approaching the residence, and the three subjects ran inside the house. Once contact was made with the occupants, detectives believed that the suspects attempted to dispose of illegal narcotics by flushing them down the toilet.
Not deterred by the possibility that the drugs could be in the septic tank, detectives worked with a local company to open the top of the septic tank, which revealed three baggies of drugs near the top of the tank. The baggies were immediately removed from the septic tank by detectives. The substances inside the baggies tested positive for methamphetamine, crack cocaine, and powder cocaine.
Along with Reese, detectives located John Gray and Kristen McKinney inside the residence. Gray had three outstanding warrants for his arrest for Possession of a Firearm by a Convicted felon, Violation of Probation for Driving with a License suspended or Revoked, and Failure to Appear on charges of Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. McKinney had a warrant for her arrest for Grand Theft Auto.
Pursuant to the search of the residence, detectives located two baggies of methamphetamine in a room shared by Gray and McKinney. They were both charged with Possession of Methamphetamine with Intent to Distribute and Possession of Paraphernalia.
Reese was arrested on three arrest warrants for Sale and Possession of Methamphetamine and one warrant for Sale and Possession of Dilaudid. He was also charged with Possession with Intent to Distribute Methamphetamine, Crack Cocaine, and Powder Cocaine. For his part in attempting to flush the drugs, Reese received an additional charge of Tampering with Physical Evidence.
Sheriff Al Nienhuis said, “I often hear from neighbors who are frustrated with the length of time it can take for us to conclude these types of investigations. We, of course, never divulge information about an active case, even to complainants. Hernando County residents can rest assured, however, that if illegal activity is actually occurring, we will keep investigating until we have the evidence we need to make a solid case. This case is proof positive that my people will go to great lengths to obtain evidence.”
Arrestees are as follows:
– Reese, Charles B/M DOB/12-17-1976
– McKinney, Kristen W/F DOB/05-01-1996
– Gray, John W/M DOB/10-18-1973.
The case remains under investigation.
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