Arrest made in theft of farm equipment
Authorities say over the last two years a Spring Hill man has stolen farm equipment, including a front-end loader, utility vehicles and two tractors.
Francisco Rivera-Ocasio, 44, of 14307 Amero Lane was arrested last week and charged with dealing in stolen property, grand theft and commercial burglary. He was held Thursday in lieu of $40,000 bail.
Investigators from Hernando, Sumter and Marion counties conducted the investigation, and authorities said they had found $87,000 in stolen equipment. Detectives said they had linked Rivera-Ocasio to at least seven local theft cases.
"It is exciting to see a joint operation have such a successful outcome" Hernando Sheriff Al Nienhuis said. "Without the commitment and teamwork of every agency involved, this criminal would likely still be committing crimes against our agricultural community."
Man accused of possessing marijuana
A Brooksville man was arrested Thursday on multiple drug-related charges after authorities say they found 401/2 grams of marijuana in his possession.
Antonio Castillo, 31, of 752 Decatur Ave. was arrested after Hernando sheriff's deputies executed several warrants at his home. His charges include multiple counts of the sale of marijuana within 1,000 feet of a church.
Along with the marijuana, authorities say they found $290 and several pieces of drug paraphernalia at Castillo's home.
His bail was set at $62,000, according to the Hernando County Clerk of Court. Records show Castillo has a history of selling cocaine dating to 1997.