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Hernando deputies arrest 10, seize 38 pit bulls in drug sweep

SPRING HILL — During an operation that included search warrants for three Spring Hill houses and the use of SWAT Team members, authorities on Friday arrested 10 people on drug charges and seized 38 pit bulls.

At 7172 Logan St., Hernando County Sheriff's Office deputies say they found 15.4 grams of crack cocaine, 7.1 grams of powdered cocaine, 56.4 grams of marijuana, $352 in cash, four counterfeit $100 bills, five counterfeit $20 bills, a box of .22-caliber ammunition and several items of drug paraphernalia.

Animal Services removed the 38 pit bulls from the three houses, authorities said.

They arrested four people at 7172 Logan St.: Keavin Moss, 23, charged with possession of crack cocaine with intent to distribute and possession of marijuana over 20 grams; Cynthia Tolbert, 21, charged with possession of crack cocaine with intent to distribute and possession of marijuana over 20 grams; Michael Nazario, 20, charged with possession of marijuana under 20 grams; and Danielle Marenghi, 21, charged with possession of marijuana under 20 grams.

At 1256 Hanover Court, deputies say they found 5.1 grams of marijuana and arrested three people: Collins Smiley, 21, charged with trafficking in oxycodone and sale and possession of crack cocaine; Kendrick Smiley, 19, charged with possession of marijuana under 20 grams; and Jasmine Lee, 21, charged with possession of marijuana under 20 grams and possession of drug paraphernalia.

At 7146 Logan St., deputies say they found 29.6 grams of marijuana plant material, half a tablet of oxycodone, 11 tablets of tramadol and drug paraphernalia. They arrested three people: Amber Sansone, 21, charged with possession of oxycodone, possession of legend drug without prescription and possession of drug paraphernalia; Keltwon Newberry, 24, charged with sale and possession of oxycodone and sale and possession of alprazolam; and Evan Dubman, 21, charged with two counts of sale and possession of crack cocaine and two counts of unlawful use of a two-way communication device.

A warrant has been issued for Timothy Smiley, 40, on several drug charges. Deputies asked that anyone with information call the Hernando County Sheriff's Office at (352) 745-6830. Those who wish to remain anonymous can call 1-866-990-8477 toll-free.

Sheriff Al Nienhuis was at the scene on all three search warrants, and the report said he told neighbors, "My deputies will continue to be out in full force in a continued effort to give you back your once safe and orderly neighborhood."

John Woodrow Cox can be reached at (352) 848-1432 or jcox@sptimes.com.

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