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Four men rack up numerous drug charges in 2 Hernando County raids

After serving search warrants in recent days on a pair of Hernando County homes, authorities arrested four people and, at one property, seized 77 marijuana plants.

On Feb. 10, Hernando County Sheriff's Office detectives raided a house at 22497 Spring Prairie Road, near Lake Lindsey. Authorities said they found 36 marijuana plants inside the home and another 41 outside. The house's resident, William Morgan, 40, was charged with several drug-related crimes and was being held at the Hernando County Detention Center in lieu of $15,500 bail.

Dating back to 1994, Morgan has been charged in Hernando with 52 traffic offenses. He also has been found guilty of about a dozen crimes, including sale of cocaine, grand theft and battery.

Five days after that raid, the Sheriff's Office searched a house at 5145 Chameleon Court in Spring Hill. There, authorities said, they seized two "hits" of LSD, seven grams of mushrooms, 15 grams of ecstasy and 1.5 pounds of marijuana. They also found numerous items of drug paraphernalia, three handguns and $2,850 in cash.

Andy Garcia, 20; Carlos Valentin, 31; and Austen Willis, 24, were all arrested at the home and charged with numerous drug offenses. According to the Sheriff's Office website, Garcia's bail was set at $14,000, Valentin's at $13,000 and Willis' at $10,500. All remained in custody Friday.

Reach John Woodrow Cox at (352) 848-1432 or jcox@tampabay.com.

Four men rack up numerous drug charges in 2 Hernando County raids 02/17/12 [Last modified: Friday, February 17, 2012 9:45pm]
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