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Drug Bust Could Have Turned Deadly for Detectives – Handgun within Suspect’s Reach

BROOKSVILLE – On Thursday, Hernando County Sheriff’s Office Vice and Narcotics Detectives conducted a traffic stop on a Ford F-150 at the intersection of Cort ez Blvd and Don Jr. Ave.

According to officials, investigators made contact with the driver, 33-year-old Alfred Joseph Grabowski Jr., who appeared nervous and was sweating profusely. Strapped in a car seat next to Grabowski, was a small child, later identified as Grabowski’s eight-month old son.

During their investigation, detectives noticed glass pipe inside the vehicle, commonly used for smoking illegal drugs. Grabowski was asked to exit the vehicle, so they could continue their investigation. As he exited, detectives noticed a handgun tucked in the side of the driver’s door.

K-9 searched the vehicle and discovered a large amount of illegal narcotics. The following items were located inside the vehicle:

–    Three clear baggies with a crystal-like substance that later tested positive for methamphetamine.  The total weight of the substance was 114.35 grams.

–    One clear plastic baggie containing a crystal-like substance that later tested positive for methamphetamine.  The total weight of the substance was 1.73 grams.

–    13 red pills – later identified as Oxymorphone Hydrochloride 10MG.  The total weight of the substance was 2.85 grams.

–    116.5 white pills – later identified as Hydromorphone Hydrochloride 8MG.  The total weight of the substance was 23.21 grams.

–    16 white pills – later identified as Alprazolam 2MG.  The total weight of the substance was 1.79 grams.

–    Two digital scales

–    One clear glass smoking pipe.

–    $2,142 in U.S. Currency.

Officials say the pills were all packed for distribution.

As a result of the investigation, Grabowski was charged with Trafficking in Methamphetamine and Hydromorphone, Possession and Sales of a Controlled Substance, and Possession of a Structure used in Sales or Manufacturing of a Controlled Substance.

Grabowski was booked into the Hernando County Jail and held on a $132,000 bond. Less than 24 hours later, Grabowski posted that bond.

The child was turned over to his mother.

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  • The ring leader of this operation is in a prison in California directing distribution on the phone 18 hours a day. Per pasco county officials.

    Tuesday, 2 May 2017, 10:32 pm
  • George who are u to talk about the mother??? Why shouldn’t she be on the streets?? Oh wait she wasn’t. She wasn’t with the father when this happened not to mention they’ve been split up living separately for at least 6months now. So don’t make assumptions on things u know.nothing about…. And “tiredoftweakers”I just have one question for you… Do u even have a life?? Or do u just sit on your computer putting your unwanted 2¢ into every article??

    Saturday, 18 April 2015, 7:55 am
  • U ask where’s the mother? She was prob at home shooting up meth. He’s a dealer had been for a long time. Neither one of them are fit for raising children. He also was also ROR not a bond at 5 pm the next day. This is the kind of person who shouldn’t be out on the streets. Neither should the mother.

    Sunday, 22 March 2015, 12:22 am
  • Re: Mikeash,
    Please be advised I am a well educated individual with knowledge pertaining to the legal field. As to my personal life that is non of your concern! Although I’m sadden by your unability to think rationally outside the box, clearly I can see why one is coaxed into believing nonsense as you do! An individual should never be presumed guilty based upon the plot being told. Media has a tendency to concentrate only on details to try and persuade one to believe. Listed below you will find an example as to a person whom might be in a similar situation that indeed would be innocent! For future reference try and refrain from using prejudice until you have all facts!

    Ex. An emergency arises. Father baffled, leaves in vehicle.
    A. his own, which could have been used by a person before him and he is unaware of positions inside OR
    B. transportation could belong to another being, also making him unaware of what the vehicle possess

    Thank you and have a wonderful day!

    Wednesday, 18 March 2015, 2:08 pm
  • Randi …not sure what fantasy world you are living in but it’s pretty obvious that this man is had intention to sell and possibly use so innocent until proven guilty should not apply here. You must know or be related to this man for you to stick up for him with those ridiculous comments of innocent until proven guilty.

    Wednesday, 18 March 2015, 6:21 am
    • Posted $134,000 personal bond within 24 hours???? That is a lot of money!

      Wednesday, 18 March 2015, 9:58 am
  • Daddy’s back home with his wife and child tonight. Daddy will just buy a new gun and be back in business within the week, it’s his job here in HC.

    Tuesday, 17 March 2015, 11:30 pm
  • Didn’t any of u read the report? ? It said the child was returned to his mother….

    Tuesday, 17 March 2015, 11:29 pm
  • Update on stabbing article from a few weeks ago:

    32-year-old man dies after stabbing in Spring Hill
    The Associated Press
    Published: February 28, 2015
    A 32-year-old man was fatally stabbed Friday night during an altercation inside a Spring Hill home, deputies said.

    The man has not been identified by authorities.

    About 8:12 p.m., Hernando County sheriff’s deputies were called to a home on Hiawatha Parkway and found the man with multiple stab wounds.

    The man was transported to a regional trauma center and died Saturday morning from his injuries, deputies said.

    The sheriff’s office did not say who was responsible for the stabbing or why.

    There is no threat to the community as a result of the incident, the sheriff’s office said.

    The investigation is ongoing.

    Stay with for updates.

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    Tuesday, 17 March 2015, 9:13 pm
  • Premature judgement never prevails in the end! Many neglect to acknowledge underlying factors and possibilities! Personally this article disgusts me! The negative persona this article is attempting to persuade our community with is typical for you journalists! For this man is innocent until proven otherwise!

    Tuesday, 17 March 2015, 8:58 pm
  • Wow, I think this is great news but what’s sad to me is how rare these stops are, And how much praise the sheriff’s dept seems to need. What’s funny with social media is we convict people here instead of the court. Somehow Facebook has creates the delusion that people’s opinions matter to anyone but themselves,most of hcso is hard working decent men and women but some are as incompetent as any I’ve ever seen

    Tuesday, 17 March 2015, 6:24 pm
  • wheres the mother,

    Tuesday, 17 March 2015, 6:23 pm
  • Hernando County Sheriff’s Office Vice and Narcotics Detectives are a joke we got a drug house on or street for 5years and they cant do any thing but if do a traffic stop they d some thing this guy has bin selling drugs for a long time and is still doing it now the help of his transporters the patrol deputies catc more thendrug traffickers then the narcotics detectives

    Tuesday, 17 March 2015, 5:44 pm
    • Learn how to spell dipshit.

      Wednesday, 18 March 2015, 8:15 am
    • Steve just go out there and take pics of all the licence plate #’s that go to the drug house. Send them to the Sherriff. If you want it to stop DO SOMETHING ABOUT IT instead of sitting on your ass waiting for someone else to do it for you

      Saturday, 21 March 2015, 6:07 am
  • “What happened to the child?” The Baby was arrested as the ring leader.. They start thier life of crime early here in Crooksville

    Tuesday, 17 March 2015, 5:21 pm
  • What happened to the child in the truck?

    Tuesday, 17 March 2015, 2:59 pm
  • They should change the name of this town to Crooksville instead of Brooksville, This place is really going down hill fast.

    Tuesday, 17 March 2015, 2:51 pm
    • He is from Land O Lakes!

      Wednesday, 18 March 2015, 10:01 am

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