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'Everybody was suspicious.' Physician assistant arrested on meth trafficking, heroin charges

Anthony Loren Yarand, 38, of 2633 Milford Berry Lane in the Carrollwood Retreat community, was arrested at his home on charges including drug trafficking and possession. [Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office]
Anthony Loren Yarand, 38, of 2633 Milford Berry Lane in the Carrollwood Retreat community, was arrested at his home on charges including drug trafficking and possession. [Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office]
Published Mar. 11, 2019

TAMPA — Homeowner Jeff Ziegler said it didn't take a rocket scientist to figure out something was going on at the end of the neighborhood cul-de-sac.

Even though the Retreat at Carrollwood community is gated, Ziegler saw cars of all types — Uber, Lyft and taxi cabs alike — pour in at all hours of the night. Sometimes, people even came on foot.

The visitors always seemed to be heading to 2633 Milford Berry Lane. They'd go inside, exit the home fairly quickly and then drive off. Rarely did anyone stay overnight, but the stream was constant.

"Sometimes you'd just be standing outside talking to a neighbor and just see a strange car drive past to the end of the road and then leave," said Ziegler, 54. "Everybody was suspicious." RELATED: Physician's assistant arrested at gated Carrollwood home on meth trafficking, heroin charges

On Friday, Ziegler and his neighbors looked on as the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office rifled through certified physician assistant Anthony Loren Yarand's home after it received a tip and obtained a search warrant. After finding a slew of drugs and $7,400 in cash inside, the 38-year-old was arrested at 10 a.m.

He was charged with 12 counts, including trafficking in meth and Ecstasy; keeping a public nuisance structure for drug activity; and possession of heroin, marijuana, counterfeit currency, controlled substances and drug paraphernalia.

Yarand was being held in lieu of $92,000 bail at the Hillsborough County Jail but bonded out Saturday.

On jail records, the physician assistant listed his occupation as self employed at a medical clinic. The Division of Corporations shows Yarand's name registered to Anthony Loren Skincare, LLC. On its website, the business says it operates as a "full service med spa specializing in the art of beauty and wellness" and offers botox, laser and hydrafacial treatments.

The Sheriff's Office said Yarand was living his physician assistant life by day and running his other "business" by night.

When contacted by the Tampa Bay Times, a man at the skin center said Yarand was busy with a patient. And when asked about his recent arrest, the man said, "we are concerned about the allegations but they are separate from the establishment."

He hung up without identifying himself.

Yarand bought his five-bedroom, four-bath home in March 2018 for $475,000. Ziegler said the activity at the home started soon after.

"This isn't your typical, street-level drug dealer," Ziegler said. "This is someone who moved into a rather affluent neighborhood and then operated it like it was a crack house."

For the 24 hours Yarand was behind bars, Ziegler said the neighborhood was back to being quiet again with the usual amount of traffic coming in and out.

"I think the overwhelming mood is that the sooner he leaves, the better," Ziegler said.

Yarand's lawyer, Joshua Sheridan, declined to comment saying they are "investigating" the arrest.

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Times senior news researcher Caryn Baird contributed to this report. Contact McKenna Oxenden at moxenden@tampabay.com. Follow @mack_oxenden.

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