Make us your home page
Instagram

Today’s top headlines delivered to you daily.

(View our Privacy Policy)

Hernando home invasion investigation turns to drug bust

BROOKSVILLE — What began as a home invasion investigation early Monday ended with drug charges for the people who called for help, authorities said.

Deputies responding around 2:40 a.m. to 27127 Thorncrest Ave. in the Hill 'n Dale subdivision smelled burning marijuana and noticed drugs scattered throughout the home, the Hernando County Sheriff's Office said. The people in the house were uncooperative with detectives, refusing to provide information about the alleged home invasion, a sheriff's spokeswoman said.

But the occupants consented to a search. Police found 27 grams of marijuana, 34 grams of mushrooms, three tablets of alprazolam, two bottles of steroids and various pieces of drug paraphernalia. Detectives also seized a rifle, a shotgun, two pistols and $439 in cash.

Matthew Koenen, 22, was charged with possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia. Rachel Minjarez, 21, was charged with possession of alprazolam. Thomas Eastham, 20, was charged with possession of marijuana with intent to sell, possession of alprazolam and possession of drug paraphernalia. All three remained in the Hernando County Detention Center on Monday in lieu of bail, records show.

Hernando home invasion investigation turns to drug bust 07/29/13 [Last modified: Monday, July 29, 2013 10:24pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times

    

Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

Loading...
  1. Fox renewed O'Reilly contract despite knowing of allegations

    Nation

    NEW YORK (AP) — The Fox News Channel says the company knew a news analyst planned to file a sexual harassment lawsuit against Bill O'Reilly when it renewed the popular personality's contract in February.

    Fox News commentator Bill O'Reilly appears on the Fox News show, "The O'Reilly Factor," in New York. O'Reilly has lost his job at Fox News Channel in April following reports that several women had been paid millions of dollars to keep quiet about harassment allegations. [Associated Press file]
  2. Conviction overturned 30 years later in neo-Nazi murder case

    Criminal

    TAMPA — A judge on Friday overturned the murder conviction of Dean McKee now that new evidence has raised doubt about McKee's guilt in a Tampa slaying that occurred nearly three decades ago when he was 16.

    In 1987, a St. Petersburg Times reporter interviewed Dean McKee for a story about young skinheads in Tampa. [Times | 1987]
  3. Experts have some theories on who's carrying out Seminole Heights killings

    Crime

    The words serial killer tend to conjure an image of a middle-aged white man, likely a loner. He stabs or chokes or strangles, murdering up close for the thrill, straight out of central casting.

    A memorial was set up where Anthony Naiboa, 20, was found shot to death in Seminole Heights. Some experts who have reviewed information in the case say that whoever is behind the three Seminole Heights killings may live in the area. [JONATHAN CAPRIEL  |  Times]
  4. Late fumble, field goal send Florida State to another loss

    College

    TALLAHASSEE — Florida State coach Jimbo Fisher didn't have an explanation for the turning point in Saturday's 31-28 last-second loss to Louisville.

    Louisville's Lamar Jackson gets past Florida State's Matthew Thomas to score in the first quarter of an NCAA college football game, Saturday, Oct. 21, 2017, in Tallahassee Fla. (AP Photo/Steve Cannon) FLSC102
  5. Funeral starts for soldier at center of Trump fight

    Military

    COOPER CITY, Fla. (AP) — Mourners remembered not only a U.S. soldier whose combat death in Africa led to a political fight between President Donald Trump and a Florida congresswoman but his three comrades who died with him.

    The casket of Sgt. La David T. Johnson of Miami Gardens, who was killed in an ambush in Niger. is wheeled out after a viewing at the Christ The Rock Church, Friday, Oct. 20, 2017  in Cooper City, Fla. (Pedro Portal/Miami Herald via AP) FLMIH102