BROOKSVILLE — Hernando County sheriff's deputies have arrested 17 people in south Brooksville as part of a warrant roundup conducted over the last two weeks.
On Jan. 25, deputies raided a home at 820 Peach St. and seized drug paraphernalia, $5,370 in cash, a 2003 Dodge truck and about 1.75 pounds of marijuana. At the second targeted location that day, 1351 E Jefferson St., authorities say they seized drug paraphernalia, a 2007 Nissan truck, 4.3 grams of crack cocaine and 60.4 grams of marijuana.
Deputies continued their search through the weekend for people wanted on drug charges. The Sheriff's Office periodically executes similar operations.
Among the 17 people arrested, several had bail set in excess of $50,000. The charges included possession of marijuana with intent to distribute within 1,000 feet of a day care, sale of marijuana within 1,000 feet of a day care, sale of crack cocaine within 1,000 feet of a church and destruction of evidence, among others.
According to the Sheriff's Office, suspects arrested in the roundup were: Gabriel Taylor, 30; Coyette Wright, 40; Theodis Berry, 30; Michael Drake, 50; Tierra Goodson, 35; Ples Hammond, 54; Arthur Williams, 19; Dwayne Williams, 34; Gwendolyn Williams, 57; James Waddy, 22; Christopher Cresser, 26; Donte Mason, 35; Robert Lee Moore, 61; Sherry Napier, 56; Zachery Owens, 37; Quentin Simmons, 20; and Kary Washington III, 21.
"There is little doubt that drugs fuel crime," Sheriff Al Nienhuis said in a statement. "Taking criminals off the streets, whether they are selling drugs or they are wanted for another crime, is the highest priority in preventing crime."
John Woodrow Cox can be reached at email@example.com or (352) 848-1432.