Homosassa man eludes deputies by hiding under trailer

A Homosassa man eluded deputies for four hours while they looked for him to serve a drug search warrant.

George Jackson of Homosassa (June 7, 2018)

Citrus County deputies on Thursday morning arrested a suspect in Homosassa who was the object of a drug search warrant.

The man, George Jackson, 53, is said to have eluded deputies for several hours before being discovered hiding under a nearby abandoned trailer.

The sheriff’s office said that the Sheriff Office’s Tactical Impact Unit (TIU) served a drug search warrant at 6705 W. Park Drive in Homosassa at about 8:30 a.m., the Sheriff’s Office said on Thursday afternoon. As detectives approached the house with two subjects standing outside, a man who was hiding inside a nearby shed, emerged and pointed a gun at two detectives and fled on foot away from the house the.

A perimeter was set up around the immediate area looking for Jackson, who deputies knew was armed. Deputies, K9’s and the sheriff’s aviation unit were deployed and started searching nearby wooded areas, and abandoned homes in the area. An “Alert Citrus” message was sent out to residents nearby urging them to lock their doors and to stay inside.

Jackson, with several stints in prison already, also has several felony warrants out of Hernando County, the Sheriff’s Office said, including selling, manufacturing and trafficking of controlled substances including methamphetamine and cocaine.

Approximately four hours later, deputies found Jackson underneath an abandoned trailer nearby. The SWAT team deployed tear gas underneath the trailer to get Jackson to come out. Eventually, Jackson came out from underneath the trailer and surrendered to deputies without incident.

The Sheriff’s Office said Jackson is being booked into the Citrus County Detention Center charged with two counts of aggravated assault on a law enforcement officer, plus other drug charges, pending further investigation.

 

‘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)