One suspect agreed to buy 2.4 pounds of cocaine and talked about a drug trafficking ring, a sheriff's report said.
Two Spring Hill men were charged with drug trafficking after they tried to buy more than two pounds of cocaine from an informant, according to the Pasco County Sheriff's Office.
Robert Lynn Perkins, 38, of 9271 Bayside Court and Adam Lee Dyer, 30, of 4641 Kirkland Ave. were charged Tuesday with trafficking in cocaine and conspiracy to traffic in cocaine, officials said. They each are being held at the county jail in lieu of $500,000 bail.
The drug buy was set up by Dyer and the informant over the phone, according to an affidavit written by an unnamed undercover vice detective.
During several taped phone conversations, Dyer agreed to buy about 2.4 pounds of cocaine, the report said. He also talked about enlisting the informant in a marijuana smuggling ring, officers said.
At 7:23 p.m., the informant and the detective _ who was posing as the informant's cocaine supplier _ brought a package of cocaine to Room 201 of the Econo Lodge.
Officers said Dyer and Perkins handed over $15,500 in cash in exchange for the drug, which had come from the evidence locker at the Sheriff's Office.
Perkins cut open the package and tested the drug, officers said. Both Dyer and Perkins discussed other potential drug deals with the informant and the detective, including trading cocaine for marijuana.
Soon after, both men were arrested. The entire deal was caught on videotape.
The officers seized the $15,500 in cash and two Dodge Ram pickup trucks from Perkins and Dyer.
The Hernando County Sheriff's Office and U.S. Customs agents assisted in the sting operation.
_ Times staff writer Tamara Lush is the police reporter in Pasco County. She can be reached in west Pasco at 869-6245 or (800) 333-7505, ext. 6245. Her e-mail address is lushsptimes.com.