NEW PORT RICHEY — A SWAT team burst into a house on Adams Street Friday afternoon to arrest Casey Wayne Dehler, 31, on charges of trafficking in prescription drugs.
Authorities had targeted Dehler after about two months of undercover investigation by the New Port Richey Police Department vice and narcotics squad, Lt. Steven Kostas said. The SWAT team entered Dehler's house at 6603 Adams St. with a search warrant and seized about 60 hydrocodone and oxycodone pills, he said.
Dehler had sold "trafficking amounts" to undercover officers recently, Kostas added.
Although police sent in a SWAT team because they believed Dehler might be armed, Dehler was unarmed and was arrested without incident, Kostas said. He was charged with trafficking hydrocodone, possessing controlled substances and violation of probation, and is being processed at Land O'Lakes jail.
Dehler was arrested in 2009 on charges of possessing and selling marijuana.