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Sheriff Has Message For Drug Dealers After Large Meth Bust in Hernando

HERNANDO (CITRUS) – Two suspects could be facing up to 20-years in prison after detectives learned a Citrus County residence was being used to manufacture large quantities of methamphetamine.

According to officials, the Citrus County Sheriff’s Office uncovered large amounts of methamphetamine after executing a search warrant at 373 Joshua Court on Friday. The search uncovered more than a quarter-ounce of crystal meth as well as over 680 grams of liquid methamphetamine, and Xanax. Investigators also found a one-pot meth lab and multiple items used to make crystal meth.

The home’s occupants, 52-year-old David Downs and 37-year-old Heather Jacobs were both arrested on the scene. Downs was charged with trafficking in methamphetamine, possession of a listed chemical, manufacturing methamphetamine, and possession of paraphernalia.
Jacobs was arrested for Possession of a controlled substance and possession of paraphernalia.

Both suspects have extensive criminal histories in both Hernando and Citrus Counties.

In a statement Sheriff Mike Prendergast said “We’re not stopping. Drug dealers and users aren’t welcome in this county. If you’re cooking meth – I guarantee you will go to prison.”

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  • Btw adam von mises it is Tom not don.Lol

    Tuesday, 14 February 2017, 12:20 pm
  • hang em (wheres Bethy at?!)

    i don’t think people realize how awful these hard drugs (crack,meth heroin,etc) really are;this is not weed,people,this is CRYSTAL F******G METH. people who sell this crap should be publicly executed,not clogging up the prison system.lots of thanks to don for keeping us all informed.

    Monday, 13 February 2017, 6:47 pm
    • pretty much the drugs of choice that many prior pain mgmt patients pick up after being hooked to opiates and stimulants and let go when the insurance runs out.. need to redirect the money to a better health care system. physical and mental. it works in many other countries, hopefully our corrupt system will change in time.

      Tuesday, 14 February 2017, 8:59 pm
      • What this reporter fails to mention is the name of the second suspect. The two suspects did not include Heather Jacobs, who was NOT a residence of the above mentioned home. The second suspect, in fact, was a male who also resided at that address. While it states, directly after the mention of Heather Jacobs, that both suspects have extensive priors in two counties, it fails to redirect the facts of those priors back to the initial suspects. Both of whom have been arrested on the charges mentioned. While the suspect named in this article has been bonded out, the suspect whos name is never mentioned remains in the citrus county detention facility, with a bond set at the equal amount of the bondee. Heather Jacobs remains in custody, with no bond, as this violated her probation due to the possesion of the single xanax shown above. Though I agree that the widely abused and use of explicit drugs in this county have become far out of hands, I aim to express my concern for the citizens of this county. My concerns are far more justifiable than the reporters accusations in this case. There have been numerous guidlines, those of which are currently still being crossed, that law enforcment uses to gain information, control, and access to suspects as well as victims. While I seperate the terms ‘suspects’ and ‘victims’, ive come to find that the two terms often coincide with one another. What happened to rebuilding a community is not the question i find myself asking anymore. Rathermore, i find myself answering the question of, what happened to our communitys law enforcment.

        Tuesday, 7 March 2017, 8:39 pm
  • I hope they enjoy a long stay in prison where they belong.

    Monday, 13 February 2017, 2:45 pm
  • Good Job Citrus co. Sheriff! Ashley Brooks Must Be Related to Bethy

    Monday, 13 February 2017, 12:03 pm
  • Quarter-ounce

    Monday, 13 February 2017, 5:36 am
  • Zero tolerance !!

    Sunday, 12 February 2017, 11:45 pm
  • White trash. Hang em’.

    Sunday, 12 February 2017, 8:41 pm
  • nice to take the poison off the market but lets be honest this is probably one of hundreds of homes cooking up meth in citrus county weekly and the hundreds cooking it in hernando and the large amounts coming in through other sources. theres a demand there will be a suppy. these are common.. especially something simple like a 1 pot method. Meth use is way out of control at this point these busts are just a horse and pony show and officers know it. btw tom its quarter ounce not a quarter once of

    Sunday, 12 February 2017, 8:14 pm
    • Btw FoodforThought it is supply not suppy.Lol

      Monday, 13 February 2017, 5:34 am
      • Lmbo, good catch Go figure!!

        Monday, 13 February 2017, 1:56 pm
      • haha oops. thanks. hey im not reporting just

        Monday, 13 February 2017, 8:54 pm
        • I’m sure in the statement by Sheriff Mike Prendergast he meant to say If (you are) “you’re”cooking meth…not “If your cooking meth”.

          Tuesday, 14 February 2017, 8:14 pm
  • Wow that lady is 37? She looks more like 57. She looks terrible

    Sunday, 12 February 2017, 7:48 pm
  • Thank God there out of business!

    Sunday, 12 February 2017, 6:30 pm
  • Beautiful job!

    Sunday, 12 February 2017, 5:36 pm

    Sunday, 12 February 2017, 4:46 pm
  • Crying because you GOT CAUGHT! Ha-Ha.

    Sunday, 12 February 2017, 4:29 pm
  • Kudos to Citrus county, Meth is a killer, job well done.

    Sunday, 12 February 2017, 3:52 pm

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