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5 arrested in Hernando drug sweep

Published Jun. 5, 2012

SPRING HILL — The vice and narcotics unit of the Hernando County Sheriff's Office executed three search warrants in Spring Hill last week, resulting in five arrests.

Anthony Michael Quinones, 25, and Steven John Baer, 50, were arrested at 9259 Chase St. and were in possession of drug paraphernalia, authorities said. Quinones was also charged with possession of marijuana with intent to sell.

At 5138 Springwood Road, crack cocaine, marijuana, paraphernalia and a stolen generator were seized, according to a sheriff's news release. Joe Prince Doctor Jr., 47, was arrested on the charges of possession of crack cocaine, drug paraphernalia and stolen property. Michael Alan Shelatz, 41, was arrested for possession of marijuana under 20 grams.

Brent Vincent, 28, was arrested at 1206 Barranca Ave. on six counts, including possession of a firearm while under felony indictment and two counts of possession of a conveyance for sale of narcotics.

Sheriff Al Nienhuis praised the investigative work of detectives that resulted in the arrests on Thursday.

"In order for us to make arrests and get this contraband off the street, there is a significant amount of investigative work that must be done prior to, and after, the actual execution of the warrant," Nienhuis.

Laura Herrera can be reached at or (352) 754-6114.