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Two men charged with operating Clearwater drug house where several overdoses occurred

Police said several overdoses have been reported at the home on Jupiter Avenue over the last several months.
Steven Ehrhardt, 31, and Justin Douglas Charles, 35, were arrested on a felony charge of operating a drug house Friday night after police responded to an overdose at the home at 209 S Jupiter Ave., according to arrest reports. [Pinellas County Sheriff's Office]

Clearwater police have arrested two men who they say were operating a drug house in their city at which several overdoses occurred.

Steven Ehrhardt, 31, and Justin Douglas Charles, 35, were arrested on the felony charge Friday night after police responded to an overdose at the home at 209 S Jupiter Ave., according to arrest reports.

Related: Pinellas County man charged with operating a drug house

Police noted in the reports that three other overdoses had been reported at the home since September -- one on Dec. 15, one on Dec. 3 and another on Sept. 3 in which two people overdosed. The report did not indicate if any of those overdoses were fatal.

Police noted that Ehrhardt had overdosed himself at the home and had been present for several other overdoses that occurred there.

Charles told police that his brother, who was in jail, owned the home. He also said he had been there for several overdoses, reports state.

Related: Pinellas deputies arrest man on charges of running a drug house

Officers also noted in their report that they saw heroin and fentanyl paraphernalia in plain view at the home.

Both men were booked at the Pinellas County jail and were being held in lieu of $5,000 bail Monday.

Editor’s Note: This story, which initially identified one man who was arrested in this property, has been updated to reflect that two men have been arrested.

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