Elderly man arrested in Floral City drug search

An elderly Floral City man on Tuesday was arrested after a drug search was executed at his home.

William Carlton Sr.

An elderly Floral City man on Tuesday was arrested after a drug search was executed at his home.

The Citrus County Sheriff’s Office served the warrant at the home of William Carlton Sr. at 12770 South Oakview Avenue in Floral City at about 9:45 a.m.

The Sheriff’s Office on Wednesday said that narcotics detectives obtained the search warrant after learning that the home was used to sell significant amounts of marijuana.

During the execution of the search warrant, detectives located 464 grams of cannabis, 20-gauge shotgun ammunition, and over $25,500 in cash inside of Carlton’s bedroom. Detectives also searched a large wooden barn located on the property and discovered 711 grams of cannabis and various pieces of distribution equipment – to include a vacuum seal machine, a large digital scale, and various sized plastic baggies used to package drugs.

After learning that the cash located in Carlton’s room was obtained from the sale of cannabis, detectives seized the currency for forfeiture. Due to the large sum of cash and various evidence collected, the Sheriff’s Office said, detectives estimated that Carlton was selling pounds of illegal marijuana every day.

Carlton was arrested and charged with Possession of Cannabis with the Intent to Distribute, Possession of Ammunition by a Convicted Felon and Possession of Paraphernalia.

“Not only was William Carlton Sr. a convicted felon in violation of the law by possessing firearm ammunition, but he was an even greater threat to our community from his illegal drugs activity,” a statement from the Sheriff’s Offfice said.

“It is not breaking news that the growing range of drugs in Florida are laced with fentanyl. Fentanyl is a synthetic opiate drug that can be fatal in small quantities. No one could know if the next batch of marijuana that Carlton would sell contained this deadly substance until it was too late.

“Fentanyl-laced marijuana is a real and growing concern. That’s why your Sheriff’s Office will never stop enforcing the law and combating the illegal drug activity to make Citrus County the safest community in Florida.”

Floral City man dies after not dropping gun; UPDATE: Man identified

A Floral City man, thought to be possibly suicidal, was shot and killed on Friday night by Citrus County deputies.

Citrus County technicians and detectives investigate the scene where a man was shot and killed by a deputy. According to the Citrus County Sheriff’s Office, the man was shot after he refused to put down a weapon he was carrying (August 31, 2018)

A Floral City man, thought to be possibly suicidal, was shot and killed on Friday night by Citrus County deputies.

The Citrus County Sheriff’s Office said that the incident occurred at about 11:52 p.m. when deputies responded to a call of  a possibly suicidal man at a home at 5699 Sandalwood Way in Floral City.

Once deputies arrived on scene, they attempted to make contact with the subject at the front door. After unsuccessful attempts to locate the subject inside of the residence, deputies then began to search the outside of the home in an effort to locate and evaluate the man.

While in the front yard of the residence, deputies noticed a subject across the street in a wooded area, the Sheriff’s Office said. Deputies immediately began announcing themselves while walking toward a man in the woods. Deputies quickly noticed the man was holding a firearm.

Deputies gave several verbal commands to the man to lower and drop his weapon. After refusing their commands, deputies shot the armed man.

He was pronounced deceased at the scene. No deputies were injured during the incident.

As with any deputy-involved shooting, the Florida Department of Law Enforcement is on scene and investigating this case. Following agency policy, deputies involved in the shooting have been placed on administrative leave with pay, pending the outcome of the preliminary FDLE investigation.

This is the second time this week a death occurred after an encounter with deputies.

The first was on Thursday, when a Beverly Hills woman, 45-year-old Jessica Cribbs, was shot and killed during a drug search warrant. In that incident, the woman pointed a gun at officers and refused to put it down. She was subsequently shot by a Hernando deputy and killed. The warrant for the drug search was executed by law enforcement officers from Citrus and Hernando counties.

UPDATE:

The Citrus County Sheriff’s Office on Sept. 6 identified the suicidal man shot by deputies is 64 year old Dennis Ray Blalock from Floral City.

‘Operation Oxy-Clean’ nets five arrests

The Citrus County Sheriff’s Office cleaned up several streets in the Citrus County community early in the morning hours on April 20, 2018 during OPERATION OXY-CLEAN.
FROM LEFT: Louis Pepe, Susan Pepe, both of Floral City; Shawn Carpenter of Hernando; Steven Minnella and Glenn Wilson, both of Inverness. (PHOTOS: Citrus County Sheriff’s Office on April 20, 2018). CLICK IMAGE ABOVE TO SEE LARGER IMAGES.

The Citrus County Sheriff’s Office cleaned up several streets in the Citrus County community early Friday morning during OPERATION OXY-CLEAN.

Search and arrest warrants were served targeting oxycodone dealers at residences in Floral City, Hernando, and Inverness. The Sheriff’s Office’s Tactical Impact Unit concluded the operation today, netting five arrests.

Simultaneous search warrants were served at two locations resulting in arrests for selling prescription medication during undercover investigations. Detectives conducted undercover buys with the suspects throughout the last several weeks. A majority of the purchases were negotiated by telephone, resulting in more felony charges of Illegal Use of a Two-way Communication Device.

“Our multi-week investigation took dangerous drugs and drug dealers off our streets and has a significant impact on our community,” said Sheriff Mike Prendergast. “Once again, outstanding job by our Tactical Impact Unit, detectives, and patrol deputies, who have proven time and again that they will not stop until drugs are removed from this county.”

Notably, a mother and son duo, Susan Pepe, and her son, Louis Pepe, sold prescription pills on multiple occasions. Pepe and her son were arrested for the sale of a controlled substance during a search warrant of Louis Pepe’s home.

Glenn Wilson was arrested at his home during our second search warrant.

Other arrests include Steven Minnella of Inverness and Shawn Carpenter of Hernando. A search of a safe in Carpenter’s home yielded $8,000 cash.

OPERATION OXY-CLEAN yielded the following arrests:

Louis Pepe– age 31, Floral City
• 3 Counts of Sale of Controlled Substance (Oxycodone)
• 3 Counts of Illegal use of a Two-way Communication Device

Susan Pepe – age 56, Floral City
• 2 Counts of Sale of Controlled Substance (Oxycodone)
• 2 Counts of Illegal use of a Two-way Communication Device

Shawn Carpenter– age 46, Hernando
• 2 Counts of Sale of Controlled Substance (Oxycodone)
• 2 Counts of Illegal use of a Two-way Communication Device

Glenn Wilson – age 36, Inverness
• 2 Counts of Sale of Controlled Substance (Oxycodone)
• 2 Counts of Illegal use of a Two-way Communication Device

Steven Minnella – age 53, Inverness
• 2 Counts of Sale of Controlled Substance (Oxycodone)

Suspect dies following emergency call for violent mental disorder

A Floral City man is dead after resisting deputies and harming himself at his residence, the Citrus County Sheriff’s Office says.

Deputies at the scene of a disturbance at a Floral City home.
A Floral City man died after he resisted efforts to help him by Citrus County deputies. PHOTO: Citrus County Sheriff’s Office. (January 5, 2018)

Citrus County deputies responded to 8801 East Wind Court in Floral City at 4:30 a.m. this morning after family told 911 dispatchers George Rogers, 36, was violently harming himself.

Deputies arrived at the residence to find Rogers to be extremely agitated and confrontational, the Sheriff’s Office said.

He then barricaded himself in the bathroom where he repeatedly cut his body with multiple objects, the CCSO said. Deputies were able to use a shield to enter the bathroom in an effort to stop Rogers from harming himself further so that they could help him.

The Sheriff’s Office said that Rogers showed incredible strength and resistance during this encounter, even though he was significantly injured by his own hands. Subsequently, Nature Coast Emergency Medical Services arrived on scene and assisted CCSO deputies by sedating Rogers.

Rogers coded and attempts to revive him were unsuccessful. The medical examiner’s office will conduct an autopsy on Rogers to determine cause and manner of death.

The Florida Department of Law Enforcement will conduct an independent investigation into his death.