Long-Time Drug Dealer Off the Streets of Brooksville
BROOKSVILLE – Residents who live in the area of Twigg Street and Martin Luther King Blvd can breathe a sigh of relief, now that a long-time drug dealer is off the streets and behind bars.
According to officials, around 5:30 a.m., Hernando County Sheriff’s Office Vice and Narcotics Unit executed a search warrant at 806 Twigg Street. The SWAT Team made entry into the residence and encountered 53-year-old Bruce Warren, who was placed into custody without incident. Patrol units secured the scene while a K-9 team assisted in locating narcotics within the residence.
During the search, detectives located a trafficking amount of crack cocaine that had been cooked inside the residence. Detectives also found a felony amount of marijuana that had been packaged for distribution. Methamphetamines and other items of drug paraphernalia, consistent with the sale of illegal narcotics, were also located. Along with finding the illegal drugs, detectives found two firearms and numerous rounds of ammunition. The firearms were a Taurus Judge .410 ga/.45 caliber handgun and a Kel-Tech 5.56mm handgun, which resembled a shortened assault rifle, that had a 45 round extended magazine.
A local church pastor explained that the crowds that would gather around Warren’s property would negatively impact the activities of his church.
Warren was known to conduct his illegal activity in the immediate vicinity of the Mid Florida Community Services Inc., Head Start (a comprehensive child development program designed to help children develop school readiness and social competency), Brooksville Engineering, Science, and Technology Academy (BEST), a bus stop at MLK/Twigg that services several schools, three churches on Twigg Street, and the Hernando County Sheriff’s Office South Brooksville Community Center.
Hernando County Code Enforcement responded and noted several code violations, to include numerous inoperable vehicles, piles of garbage, and standing water, to which they were going to issue citations for said violations.
Warren faces numerous felony charges, including Possession of a Structure for Manufacturing a Controlled Substance, Trafficking Crack Cocaine, Sales and Poss. of Crack Cocaine within 1000 feet of a Church, Poss. Methamphetamine, Poss. Marijuana with intent to Distribute, and several other related charges.
According to officials, Warren already has 13 felony convictions and 11 misdemeanor convictions.
Warren’s bond is set at $71,000 bond.
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