Archive for Law & Order

Seatbelt violation leads to drug arrest

Jessie Lee Carver

Thursday afternoon, the Citrus County Sheriff’s Office’s Patrol Division conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle in reference to multiple seatbelt violations, which eventually led to the arrest of the driver, 43-year-old Jessie Carver of Silver Springs.

Deputy Saayman conducted the traffic stop on the 1995 black BMW driven by Carver in the area of North McGee Drive and Norvell Bryant Highway in Hernando.

As Deputy Saayman was approaching the vehicle, he detected an odor of cannabis emitting from inside the vehicle. When asked about the odor, Carver openly admitted to having cannabis and displayed a burnt cannabis cigarette.

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Deputies find meth during warrant process

Crystal Ann Huggins

The Citrus County Sheriff’s Office on Wednesday found methamphetamine scattered throughout a home at 10700 W Woodland Place in Homosassa.

Detectives with the Tactical Impact Unit (TIU) obtained the search warrant after learning that the home was used to sell significant amounts of methamphetamine, the Sheriff’s Office said.

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Sheriff: Domestic battery case leads to largest meth bust in CCSO history

William Vause

Cayla Coile

Deputies responding to a domestic battery case in Homosassa on Friday also found what the Sheriff’s Office has said is the largest meth bust case in CCSO history.

The Citrus County Sheriff’s Office (CCSO) were called to 4263 South Centennial Ave. in Homosassa to assist the Department of Corrections Probation and Parole (FDC).

FDC responded to the residence earlier in the day to conduct a search of the home regarding possible violations relayed through a separate domestic violence incident reported to and investigated by CCSO on Tuesday, March 5.

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Reward money increases in 1985 cold case

Victim in a 1985 Cold Case in Lecanto

Victim in a 1985 Cold Case in Lecanto

The Citrus County Sheriff’s Office’s (CCSO) signed a Memorandum of Understanding between the Florida Sheriffs Association (FSA) and Crime Stoppers of Citrus County, Inc. as part of an initiative to enhance reward money for information leading to the identity of the perpetrator(s) responsible for the June 1985 homicide of an unidentified male in Lecanto.

“We are extremely proud to work with the Florida Sheriffs Association and Crime Stoppers of Citrus County,” Sheriff Prendergast said.

“Through FSA’s Criminal Apprehension Assistance Program (CAPP), we will be able to shine a new light on our Fire on the Roadside’ case to hopefully generate new leads and bring closure to this mystery.

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Six arrested in three separate drug raids

Weapons cache, drugs and cash from Thursday’s drug warrants

The Citrus County Sheriff’s Office (CCSO) on Friday said that a total of six people were arrested in separate warrants in Citrus County on drug charges.

On Thursday, and again on Friday, the CCSO’s Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) Team and the Tactical Impact Unit served three different search warrants in the county.

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Missing man

Robert Nelson Merlina

The Citrus County Sheriff’s Office is looking for a missing adult, Robert Nelson Merlina.

Merlina was last seen on Friday at around 11 a.m.

He is a 27 year old white male, 5 feet 10 inches tall, 150 pounds, with brown hair and brown eyes.

Merlina was last seen in the Floral City area. It is unknown what he was wearing at the time he went missing.

If you have seen Robert or know his whereabouts, please contact the Citrus County Sheriff’s Office at 352-726-1121 and ask for the Major Crimes Unit.

To remain anonymous and possibly be eligible for a reward, contact Citrus County Crime Stoppers at 1-888-269-8477 or online at