Sheriff’s Office makes largest fetanyl, meth bust in county history

On Jan. 20, the Citrus County Sheriff’s Office (CCSO) added another accomplishment into the history books by seizing 1.6 pounds of methamphetamine and 1.8 ounces of powdered fentanyl.

“This is the largest seizure of fentanyl and methamphetamine in Citrus County’s history. The amount of fentanyl seized could have killed hundreds of people,” said Sheriff Mike Prendergast.

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Sentencing date set for former CCSO employee

A former crime scene specialist appeared for a pre-sentencing hearing on Thursday before 5th Circuit Court Judge Ric Howard in a case involving the release of confidential information from the Citrus County Sheriff’s Office.

A former crime scene specialist appeared for a pre-sentencing hearing on Thursday before 5th Circuit Court Judge Ric Howard in a case involving the release of confidential information from the Citrus County Sheriff’s Office.

Former Crime Scrime Scene Specialist Ashley Pate will be in custody without bond until her sentencing hearing on April 23.

Jurors found Pate guilty on Wednesday of disclosing confidential law enforcement information.

“Ashley Pate’s actions were unethical and reckless,” Sheriff Mike Prendergast said. “She knowingly and intentionally divulged confidential information without concern for the safety of our Sheriff’s Office personnel. Serious injury, if not the death of one of our own, could have been the result of her criminal behavior,” Sheriff Prendergast said.

“Her lack of integrity compromised our criminal investigations. Ashley Pate will now have to face the consequences of her own actions.”

School Safety

The Citrus County Commission, Sheriff and School District have begun talks about how to fund state-mandated school safety officers

The Citrus County Commission, Sheriff and School District have begun talks about how to fund state-mandated school safety officers for every school, not only in the county, but statewide. It’s not going to be cheap for struggling counties (March 27, 2018)

 

Yates resigns as sheriff’s Community Relations director

Citrus County Sheriff’s Office employee Heather Yates has resigned from her post as the agency’s community relations director.

Heather Yates

Citrus County Sheriff’s Office employee Heather Yates has resigned from her post as the agency’s community relations director.

Yates, a 11-year employee of the CCSO, said in a letter that her last day at the agency will be April 13.

In her resignation letter, Yates said she was thankful for working alongside employee of the department, and that she was leaving to “pursue other interests.

Yates headed the Community Relations and Records Office, which is responsible for all written and electronic communications for the Citrus County Sheriff’s Office, which includes our Records Department and Transcription.

This Community Relatons Office has offices in Inverness and Crystal River. The office educates the public having to do with all Sheriff’s Office programs and services; communicates details referencing crimes and other incidents; handles all media inquiries; releases public records in compliance with the Florida Public Records Law; coordinates community events for the agency; assigns speakers for community presentations; schedules and conducts news conferences; coordinates the agency’s emergency communications; and handles other special projects as directed by the Sheriff or his command staff.

The office utilizes a variety of methods to communicate with the public, including social media.