Arrogant Drug Dealer Arrested for Meth Trafficking, Doormat Reads “Come Back With Warrant”
INVERNESS (CITRUS) – Vice and Narcotics Detectives with the Citrus County Sheriff’s Office had the last laugh Wednesday, after a man who officials say has been a “thorn” in the community’s side, 31-year-old Bud Thorn, was taken into custody and charged with trafficking in methamphetamine.
According to officials, SWAT executed a search warrant at 454 South Tuck Point early Wednesday, after the agency’s Tactical Impact Unit (TIU) concluded a lengthy investigation where drug sales were conducted at Thorn’s residence.
Prior to his arrest, Thorn bragged about running and hiding from law enforcement for nearly two years. Every time deputies tried to serve an arrest warrant on Thorn, family members would turn them away, saying he wasn’t home. Thorn even had a doormat that read, “COME BACK WITH A WARRANT.”Officials say when they arrived Wednesday morning “they didn’t have to knock and thorn wasn’t laughing” when detectives located two ounces of meth, marijuana, distribution equipment, $4,500 in cash, and a stolen lawnmower that was taken from a local school.
Thorn faces a minimum mandatory sentence for the trafficking of meth, and with his lengthy criminal history, officials believe he will serve a lengthy prison sentence.
“Bud has been a thorn in our side for several years,” said Sheriff Mike Prendergast. “Due to a diligent and labor intensive investigation by the men and women in our Tactical Impact Unit, he is now behind bars. I know some of the neighbors might not have liked the early wakeup call, but after speaking with some of them, I know they are relieved to get some trash out of their neighborhood.”
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