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Father, son arrested in Hernando on charges of dealing drugs

Published Jun. 27, 2014

Howard Holland Sr., 51

Howard Holland Jr., 29

BROOKSVILLE — A search warrant executed by the Hernando County Sheriff's Office led to the arrests of a father and son who deputies say were selling drugs.

About 6:30 a.m. Wednesday, SWAT team members from Hernando and Citrus counties arrived at three mobile homes at 18341 Wiscon Road, south of Brooksville, according to a news release. Detectives found 3.5 grams of crack cocaine, 123 oxycodone pills, scales and bags with cocaine residue. They also discovered $660 in cash and a .22-caliber handgun.

There were surveillance cameras and six dogs guarding the property.

In one of the mobile homes, they found Howard Lee Holland Jr., 29. Deputies arrested him on charges of possession and sale of numerous drugs as well as possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, according to the report.

Deputies then went to 19418 Oakdale Ave. to arrest Howard Lee Holland Sr., 51, on two warrants. He was charged with possession and sale of drugs and possession of a structure for the purpose of selling or manufacturing a controlled substance. Authorities also found and seized $5,250 cash.

Animal Services officers removed the six dogs, along with five kittens and 11 chickens found on the property, according to the release.

Both Hollands are convicted felons, with charges including homicide, robbery and aggravated battery. Detectives have visited the Wiscon Road property twice previously for drug-related investigations.

Deputies booked the Holland Jr. and Holland Sr. into the Hernando County Detention Center. They were released after posting $71,000 and $80,000 bail, respectively.


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