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Citrus Springs Middle School teacher arrested in drug trafficking case

Detectives said methamphetamine, fentanyl, heroin and multiple firearms were found on the man’s property.
Citrus Springs Middle School teacher Jeffrey Scott Brake, 52, of Dunnellon, has been arrested on drug trafficking and weapons charges, according to the Citrus County Sheriff's Office.
Citrus Springs Middle School teacher Jeffrey Scott Brake, 52, of Dunnellon, has been arrested on drug trafficking and weapons charges, according to the Citrus County Sheriff's Office. [ Photo provided / Citrus County Sheriff's Office ]
Published Aug. 10, 2021

CITRUS SPRINGS — A middle school teacher accused of drug trafficking was arrested after authorities served two search warrants Monday, according to a news release from the Citrus County Sheriff’s Office arrested.

Jeffrey Scott Brake, a 52-year-old teacher at Citrus Springs Middle School, faces charges of trafficking in fentanyl, possession of methamphetamine with intent to distribute, possession of heroin with intent to distribute, possession of drug paraphernalia and owning, renting or leasing a residence for the trafficking in a controlled substance, the Sheriff’s Office said.

Around 5 p.m. Monday, officials served two search warrants, allowing them to search Brake’s residence at West Edison Place in Dunnellon and an RV on the property. Brake was at his residence when the search warrants were executed, and police said they found a glass pipe in Brake’s pocket that later tested positive for methamphetamine.

Additionally, detectives said they found two eyeglass cases containing hypodermic needles and three clear plastic baggies. One baggie contained 1.8 grams of a “crystal-like substance” that tested positive for methamphetamine, another bag contained 2.3 grams of a brown substance that tested positive for heroin and the other bag contained 4.1 grams of a substance that tested positive for fentanyl, the Sheriff’s Office said.

The residence also contained firearms, prescription drugs and drug paraphernalia, police said, as well as a credit card under Brake’s name located next to a digital scale in the RV.

Brake was taken to the Citrus County Detention Facility and his bond was set at $41,000, the Sheriff’s Office said.

Detectives from the Special Victims Unit are investigating a related case involving Brake and will release details when the investigation is complete, the news release said.

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