Two Charged in Heroin, Meth Bust – One Known Gang Member
SPRING HILL – RNRF received several viewer tips last evening, requesting information on why a large number of Sheriff’s Deputies who were conducting a felony traffic stop (Guns Drawn) in the area of Barclay Ave and Angelfish Way. The Sheriff’s Office released a statement today regarding the incident, which resulted in the arrest of two individuals.
According to officials, Vice and Narcotics Units worked closely with Patrol Deputies and K-9 to facilitate a traffic stop on a 2016 Dodge Dart.
The driver of the vehicle, 26-year-old Michelle Padurano was found to be driving on a suspended license and was cited for that infraction.
During the traffic stop, K-9 Deputy Brandon Cox and K-9 Judge conducted an exterior search of the vehicle, which resulted in a positive alert to the presence of narcotics. An interior search of the vehicle revealed several items related to narcotics. A metal spoon was located on the floorboard of the rear passenger area, which tested positive for the presence of heroin. A glass smoking pipe containing residue was located under the front passenger floorboard – it tested positive for methamphetamine. Deputies also discovered an open syringe, a small white zippered case, and Ziploc baggies – one of which contained methamphetamine residue.
33-year-old Rosaria Bucaria and 37-year-old Amaury Yusbel Colarte, both occupants of the back seat, were taken into custody at the scene. Post Miranda, Colarte, admitted to deputies that he purchased heroin for $1800 earlier in the day and just prior to the traffic stop, he encouraged Bucaria to hide it on her person. Colarte made statements to detectives that both he and Bucaria were “shooting up” heroin prior to the stop. Colarte is a documented gang member, according to officials.
Post Miranda, Bucaria denied using any narcotics and denied any of the items located inside the vehicle belonged to her; however, during a search of her person at the Hernando County Detention Center, she was found to be in possession of a baggie containing heroin residue. The baggie and substance weighed 18.31 grams.
Bucaria is charged with Trafficking in Heroin, Possession/Introduction of Contraband into the Jail, and Possession of Paraphernalia. She remains behind bars – held on a $53,000 bond. Colarte is charged with Trafficking in Heroin and Possession of Paraphernalia – Colarte remains behind bars on a $51,000 bond.
If convicted, both Bucaria and Colarte face a minimum – mandatory prison sentence of 15 years and a $100,000 fine.
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