SPRING HILL — A search of a Montano Avenue home Wednesday resulted in the arrest of five people on drug charges, including a man local prosecutors once called "one of the worst drivers in Hernando County."
The Hernando Sheriff's Office, acting on a search warrant, entered the home at 3305 Montano and found 11 grams of marijuana, 15 tablets of Alprazolam, 6 1/2 tablets of methadone and numerous pieces of drug paraphernalia, according to a media release.
Of the five people arrested, two lived at the home. Brian Gomes, 29, was charged with trafficking in Oxycodone and sale and possession of Oxycodone within 1,000 feet of a school, in this case Springstead High School.
Gomes, whose conviction in a high-profile DUI trial made headlines three years ago, also was charged with violation of probation. He was being held in the Hernando County Jail on a no-bond status Thursday.
Larry A. Cammon, 30, was charged with possession of narcotics, marijuana and drug paraphernalia. His bail was set at $11,000.
Robert Gardner, 44, of Port Richey, and Robert Munroe, 28, of Hudson, were charged with possession of less than 20 grams of marijuana. Both were being held without bail due to their probation status.
Samantha McAdams 21, of Hudson, received the same charge. Her bail was set $500.
County building officials deemed the home unsafe due to poor electrical wiring.
Gomes has a lengthy criminal record, including multiple DUI arrests.
In 2008, a jury found Gomes guilty of misdemeanor driving under the influence and driving with a suspended license, sparing him the worst by finding him not guilty of DUI manslaughter in the death of his 23-year-old friend Marc Collins.
The two were riding in Gomes' mother's SUV in Spring Hill in 2005 when the driver lost control and flipped the vehicle. Who was driving at the time of crash was in dispute. Authorities initially thought it was Collins but changed their minds a year later after analyzing the evidence.
Jurors weren't convinced. The verdict established that they didn't believe Gomes was driving at the time of the crash, even though they found he was driving earlier in the night. The verdict surprised the judge and prosecutors and outraged Collins' family.
Gomes received 11 months in jail. Collins' grandfather Ralph Tully tried to put the ordeal in perspective at the time, according to a St. Petersburg Times report.
"Eleven months total for taking a (life)?" Tully asked. "That's a small price to pay."
Tony Marrero can be reached at (352) 848-1431 or firstname.lastname@example.org.