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Plane, Truck, 197 Lbs of Marijuana Seized at BTB Airport, Warrants for Pilot and Passenger

BROOKSVILLE – On Tuesday RNRF broke the news of that Federal Agents had intercepted a small aircraft at the Brooksville-Tampa Bay Regional Airport late Monday night. CLICK HERE FOR ORIGINAL REPORT

RNRF responded to the scene and captured video of two men being detained by Sheriff’s Deputies while Agents with Homeland Security – Immigration and Customs Enforcement Officers (HSI-ICE) made their way to the scene.

Sheriff Al Nienhuis met with reporters today to announce the discovery of nearly 200 Lbs. of Marijuana that was discovered inside the plane, after a search warrant was granted by a Judge.

According to Nienhuis, “Around 10:20 p.m. we got a call from Homeland Security that a small aircraft may be landing in Hernando County. Shortly after, a Hernando County Deputy happened to see the plane being put into a hanger with the door in the process of being closed.” Nienhuis says that deputy met the pilot, Joshua Overton, 32, of St. Petersburg and Aaron Andrus, 38, of Chico, California as they were exiting the hangar and detained them during the investigation.

Nienhuis confirmed what RNRF overheard during Overton’s and Andrus’ interrogation, which was that neither man would answer questions or allow access to the hanger.

Both men were allowed to go free that night while investigators pursued a search warrant from a local Judge. By 6:30 a.m. investigators executed that search warrant and found 197 lbs. of marijuana secured in duffel bags and wrapped in vacuum packed bags.

The aircraft and a 2010 Ford F 150 were seized during the investigation but officials have not been able to locate Overton or Andrus.

When captured, both men will face drug trafficking charges and will be held on $41,000 bonds.

The multi-agency investigation included the HCSO, Lake County Sheriff’s Office, FBI, FAA, and Homeland Security.

The value of the marijuana is estimated to be over $300,000.

The investigation continues.

Follow us on Facebook to watch video from today’s press conference. We will also have exclusive video from the night of the initial investigation at a later date.

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  • So much emphasis and tax dollars are spent on the “war on drugs.” In truth, the biggest offenders that has aided in filling our streets with drugs are as follows: First, the Pharmaceutical companies that produce such harmful drugs, the FDA who approves them, (by the way, FDA receives funds from big pharma as published in the book, “White collar Crime), and then you have doctors who prescribe them for any little hang nail. For example, oxycodone (blues) were originally produced for terminally ill patients that had short time to live and were in dire pain. It was known the amount of damage and VERY HIGH addiction possibility, but because the patient had short time life span left, it was prescribed. However, when medical professionals, pharma, etc realized the $$$ potential these pills had, the pill mills popped up, and they were prescribed like they were advil. There is an easy solution: Close down the “pain clinics” and only allow these meds to be prescribed by physicians treating people with documented terminal illnesses, not foot pain, backaches, etc. Now for the marijuana, I do not use it, but believe that it was naturally given to man for its medicinal properties which have been proven effective. I personally have never seen anyone under the influence of marijuana acting erratic, driving too fast, etc. Obviously the FDA knows its value medically or wouldn’t be allowing the “synthetic copycat,” Marinol. (Yes, that makes sense, lets take an all natural product and make a synthetic one instead of what was created naturally). Another example of double standard in the drug war is the prohibition of Hemp in the U S. This product is capable of producing an economic stimulus to this country with all its uses. But, here it is prohibited, and it is produced in Canada. Do you know who purchases 75% of Canada’s production, yes WE do. Another smart move. And in conclusion: If a RANDOM drug test was issued on every public servant (politicians, police officers, judges, etc) I am willing to wager that there would be a very large number who will have positive results for some type of drug. And in saying that, the biggest kicker of all: ALCOHOL, which is served daily in almost any restaurant, bar, etc. People order a drink or two with their meal, yet it is illegal to drink and drive. So, even though it is illegal to drive, am I to assume that it is not a known fact that people do it everyday. And it is also quite obvious that people are drinking at the clubs and yet drive home. If we are going to judge others for marijuana use, then we should also recognize that alcohol is a drug too and is capable of being used in an illegal manner. Let us fight the real war on drugs, which is to ban, petition, and stop the production of the ones that are mass killing our youth and society.

    Friday, 10 March 2017, 10:26 am
  • Just wondering,if they had to let them go(legally speaking),with all those deputies,plain clothes whatever,…YOU COULDN’T put a tail on them ? No wonder they wear green uniforms,they’re still Boy Scouts………..no offence to the scouts….

    Monday, 6 March 2017, 5:27 pm
  • For all the doubters, they will get them. You can bet these guys won’t sail off into the sunset.

    Saturday, 4 March 2017, 9:16 am
  • Did we get the rental money for the hanger?

    Friday, 3 March 2017, 11:04 pm
  • Legalize pot, this wouldn’t be an issue.

    Friday, 3 March 2017, 11:00 pm
    • You are kidding right? Having 200lbs of pot in an airplane will never be legal. Possession and trafficking are two completely different things. Pot will be treated like alcohol. Illegal to make in your garage (can’t grow pot in your garage) but will be regulated and sold in niche stores (such as booze in liquor stores).

      Trafficking, grow houses and possession over a certain amount with no license will never be legal. Ever. Stop spreading lies.

      Sunday, 5 March 2017, 10:06 am
  • They had no reason to hold them. But if they were contacted by Homeland Security with what appears to have been a very viable tip, why didn’t they have their search warrant in place? Did they expect to see drugs or anything illegal in plain sight?

    Friday, 3 March 2017, 5:06 pm
  • 200 pounds only worth 300k?? Let’s do some simple math.

    200 pounds = 3200 ounces
    3200 ounces = 89,600 grams
    1 gram = $10

    So $896,000 maximum value. If they are getting rid of it quickly though…

    1 pound = $2000-3000
    So $400,000 as a minimum value if they are liquidating it quickly by the pound. HCSO needs to update their street value charts

    Friday, 3 March 2017, 5:00 pm
  • Thinking maybe this started out at an even 200lbs. of pot, wonder where the other 3 lbs. might have gone? Sheriff, maybe you and your Deputies need to empty your pockets!

    Friday, 3 March 2017, 4:20 pm
    • No wonder why the drug sniffing dogs were not there.The first responding deputies might have walk past them( with maybe 3 lbs of hemp ). Woof. Woof…!!

      Monday, 6 March 2017, 6:14 pm
  • So that Trump wall gonna stop the planes, right?

    Friday, 3 March 2017, 1:01 pm
    • No, they would be the job of the feds. Such as this example.

      Sunday, 5 March 2017, 5:37 pm
  • Congratulations hcso,feds, homeland security on your HUGE 200lb bust. The streets are going to be so much safer without that marijuana around,cause the marijuana epidemic out here is out of control, considering all the kids over dosing off of opiates,and amphetamines. We definitely gotta get that 200lbs of marijuana, nevermind the needles on the side of the road,or the meth addicts roaming our neighborhoods at night. Go bust 200lbs of meth,or heroin. Better yet,go bust the legal drug dealers “big pharma”. If you can grow it,you should have the God given right to use it.

    Friday, 3 March 2017, 11:40 am
    • I don’t use it, but I really do agree with you!! Meth heads roaming day and night, people dying from overdoses, and they worry about a plant that’s been here forever. Florida can’t even get it together on the medical part, it was voted in and they are still playin games. Smdh. Waste of time and taxpayer dollars .

      Friday, 3 March 2017, 3:30 pm
      • They’re playing games, because they’re lobbying to big pharma companies. Who stand to lose billions upon billions when mmj is actually passed,regulated,and taxed properly. Nope Florida is big pharma territory,they’ll Tell us how harmful marijuana is,as they’re producing some of the most potent opioids ever synthesized. Enough of corporate greed,Americans grow some balls,and let’s take our country back from these greedy scum bags. State sovereignty!

        Friday, 3 March 2017, 10:39 pm
    • Agree

      Friday, 3 March 2017, 8:11 pm
    • You are kidding right? Having 200lbs of pot in an airplane will never be legal. Possession and trafficking are two completely different things. Pot will be treated like alcohol. Illegal to make in your garage (can’t grow pot in your garage) but will be regulated and sold in niche stores (such as booze in liquor stores).

      Trafficking, grow houses and possession over a certain amount with no license will never be legal. Ever. Stop spreading lies.

      Sunday, 5 March 2017, 5:39 pm
  • So please donate the marijuana to a good cause like they do with left over food for the poor.

    Friday, 3 March 2017, 10:50 am
    • I think they will be splitting it up between themselves.

      Friday, 3 March 2017, 1:15 pm
  • Mr. Bean, too funny! But true.
    Speaking of judges……there is/was? a Judge Wm. William (Bill) Overton in ST. Pete for many years,
    any relation? Good job HCSO. Who owns the plane? Can we keep the plane? It’s real pretty.

    Friday, 3 March 2017, 9:42 am
  • Sheriff Nienhuis, what is the purpose of having 2 deputies standing around while you gave a press conference? Showing off the newest paramilitary gear acquired by the county? Maybe they could have been doing something more useful-like looking for the suspects or investigating other cases.

    Friday, 3 March 2017, 9:20 am
    • They work for the vice unit. Sheriff Nienhuis specifically said none of the scene had been processed for evidence. Until forensics does so, vice unit watches over everything to make sure no one touches it. Try thinking things through before you respond with a answer again.

      Sunday, 5 March 2017, 5:41 pm
  • We waste many hours and resources trying to stopping Marijuana. Why don’t we fine them instead of threatening with jail time and/or seizing their plane and truck. Jail for Marijuana is unproductive and costs the state money. Each election more and more states are approving it’s use. If they must seize the assets, turn the money over to the county’s general fund. I’m sure the fire department could use the money. Allowing the police to profit from drug dealers is just as bad as the drug dealers themselves. Is there a difference? Both are making money from the Marijuana industry.

    Friday, 3 March 2017, 6:25 am
    • You are kidding right? Having 200lbs of pot in an airplane will never be legal. Possession and trafficking are two completely different things. Pot will be treated like alcohol. Illegal to make in your garage (can’t grow pot in your garage) but will be regulated and sold in niche stores (such as booze in liquor stores).

      Trafficking, grow houses and possession over a certain amount with no license will never be legal. Ever. Stop spreading lies.

      Sunday, 5 March 2017, 5:41 pm
  • This is part of making America great again! Thank you president Putin

    Friday, 3 March 2017, 5:52 am
    • President RasPutin………

      Friday, 3 March 2017, 11:00 am
  • bad police work, go get the judge and bring his butt to the hanger, yes they could have entered the hanger but some ranking official didn’t want to take a chance, now two criminals are back in mexico, yes nice work

    Friday, 3 March 2017, 4:26 am
    • Aaahhhhh………..shut up Bethy

      Friday, 3 March 2017, 10:59 am
    • How do you know there in Mexico.

      Friday, 3 March 2017, 1:12 pm
    • Isn’t that a good thing they fled the country? Otherwise they would’ve been put in prison at the expense of the taxpayer. Having them flee the country is actually a better result.

      Sunday, 5 March 2017, 5:42 pm
  • Good lord there’s a significant number of fool’s with zero knowledge commenting here!

    Friday, 3 March 2017, 12:42 am
  • Really find Mr. Bean and Mr. Super white smile. Its weed big deal who cares go after the real drugs. Nose candy ,meth and pills. I don’t see the county taking out doctors who give out pills like candy there are tons of them sumbags doctors in this county o wait I forgot they back the sheriff with money for politics. Can’t Get them all but hell some is better then none.

    Friday, 3 March 2017, 12:35 am
    • Sorry, but you do not get to define what is a “real drug” that they go after or not. Just because you like smoking pot does’t mean you get to advocate for it to be illegal to traffick large amounts of it. Transporting large quantities without proper licensing, setting up a grow house in a residential neighbor hood and selling without a license will NEVER be legal. Sorry to ruin your dreams, pot head.

      Sunday, 5 March 2017, 5:44 pm
  • You think you are going to find these guys??
    You got to be kidding.
    Then again maybe their bodies in a swamp.

    Thursday, 2 March 2017, 10:35 pm
  • Are the hangars private property or county property ?? Very odd they could not enter hangar if it’s county property. Kiss the males goodbye -I’m sure a backup plan was in place in event of problems.

    Thursday, 2 March 2017, 9:32 pm
    • Dosent matter who owns the property. The renter has the right to refuse entry even to the landlord. Florida law is in favor of the Tennant. The landlord can’t even enter if they can see you destroying the property.

      Friday, 3 March 2017, 7:16 am
      • To Chief & Steve, thanks for your info. I had no idea this was how landlord/ tenant law was.
        To Chief, any idea when (time wise) homeland notified hcso????

        Friday, 3 March 2017, 12:58 pm
  • I think a judge should have been awakened when homeland security contacted leo. Now these 2 are god knows where!!!! Should have detained them, let them call their lawyers, gotten that warrant in the meantime & searched, then arrested them. It’s funny how easy they disappeared. What’s NOT funny is they obviously have the means to leave the county, state & maybe rhe U.S. !!!! This was important enough to WAKE A JUDGE & SECURE A WARRANT QUICKLY .

    Thursday, 2 March 2017, 9:25 pm
    • So change law this once…… At els

      Friday, 3 March 2017, 7:38 am
      • At Mike, I’m apparently not the only one who thinks there was a snafu somewhere. READ ON – OTHERS SEEM TO HAVE A SIMILAR OPINION.

        Friday, 3 March 2017, 12:52 pm
    • Unlawfully detaining them probably wouldn’t have been a great idea. Your idea very likely results in them walking free at the end of the day after a judge is forced to rule on an obvious constitutional violation.

      Also it doesn’t say they did not wake the judge. It says that by 6:30 they had executed the warrant and searched the hangar. Meaning that in the time span they had drafted a warrant, procured affidavits, contacted the judge, gotten the warrant approved (important since a sloppy warrant would be challenged), mobilized the warrants team, executed the warrant, and searched the area. I would have little doubt that many folks worked throughout the night on this endeavor

      Friday, 3 March 2017, 8:32 am
      • True. They proba

        Saturday, 4 March 2017, 11:25 am
      • Even if they did detain them, it would’ve been justified once 200lbs of pot was located. If the search came up empty then they would have legal issues. lol

        Sunday, 5 March 2017, 5:46 pm
    • To both your comments. They probably did wake a judge because they executed the warrant by 6:30 a.m. It takes time to type up the information needed for the warrant, contact the judge who then has to review it, then get your team together to execute it. You cannot ‘detain’ persons for extended periods of time without arrest. Don’t base your conclusions by what you see on TV. Even if the county owns the hangar, they still need a warrant to enter and search because someone is renting this hangar and has the rights to it. Just the same as a landlord cannot authorize the police to enter someones rented apartment.
      Rather than trying to see the negatives in this, try giving the police the credit for doing this right. They will probably get a conviction. And, oh yes, it may take some time, but they will be found and arrested.

      Friday, 3 March 2017, 8:51 am
      • Don’t waste your time trying to explains things to the simpletons who don’t understand basic law.

        Sunday, 5 March 2017, 5:45 pm
    • They probably fed the country. In my opinion that is a good thing. Putting them in prison simply removes them from society at the cost of the taxpayer. Them fleeing the country to Mexico is a net positive since they are no longer in the US and are not a burden to taxpayers.

      Sunday, 5 March 2017, 5:47 pm

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