Bomb Squad Inspects Suspicious Material During Drug Raid, Two Charged
BROOKSVILLE – A year-long investigation into a methamphetamine operation finally came to an end today, after Vice and Narcotics Detectives with the Hernando County Sheriff’s Office executed a search warrant at a residence on B W Stevens Road.
According to officials, the investigation revealed that methamphetamine was being sold out of a mobile home located just behind the Frontier Adult Mobile Home Park.
Officials say it’s too early to provide a full report on what drugs were seized but two people were arrested at the scene.
We spoke to Sheriff Al Nienhuis who said there were serious concerns over possible explosive materials that could be located on the property. “It’s my understanding that they are methodically going through it but if they find anything and I’ve heard that they found a few things that were unusual, they can actually detonate them at the scene,” said Nienhuis.
Commissioners John Allocco and Steve Champion joined Nienhuis today to observe the raid first hand.
Commissioner Allocco tells RNRF “Having the opportunity to observe firsthand the amount of planning, the number of people necessary to safely perform the mission, and the level of risk each one of these officers puts themselves in to keep our residents safe from the activities of criminals is humbling.”
Commissioner Champion thanked the Sheriff’s Office and says “The entire department is doing a fantastic job.”
Nienhuis says a lot of manpower goes into not only serving the search warrant but processing the case and preparing it for the State Attorney. Last year the Sheriff’s Office executed 49 narcotics related search warrants, according to Nienhuis.
“We know drugs zap the initiative out of the community and we’re going to do everything we can – if drugs are being sold in your neighborhood, those good people can rest assured that we’re going to be there eventually making a house call,” says Nienhuis.
Members of S.W.A.T., the State Attorney’s Office, Bomb Squad, and State Fire Marshal assisted in today’s operation.
23-year-old Marissa McConnell and 44-year-old Randall Wayne McConnell were both taken into custody but their charges have not been released by officials.
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