11 pounds of pot seized during traffic stop

Citrus County deputies on Thursday seized 11 pounds of marijuana during a traffic stop in Inverness.

Gavin Greer

Citrus County deputies on Thursday seized 11 pounds of marijuana during a traffic stop in Inverness.

Just after 5 p.m., Tactical Impact Unit detectives pulled over a vehicle on East Dano Street and North Corbin Avenue.

After the vehicle failed to stop at a stop sign, detectives approached the car and detected the distinct smell of marijuana emitting from the vehicle. The driver, 19 year-old Gavin Greer of Inverness, was asked to step out of the vehicle while detectives conducted a free air sniff with K-9 Anakin.

After K-9 Anakin alerted to narcotics being inside the vehicle, detectives found 11 vacuum-sealed baggies containing marijuana, each weighing approximately a pound each, inside the car. Greer was placed under arrest for the intent to sell cannabis with a bond set at $5,000.

“Eleven pounds of marijuana is now off our streets,” said Sheriff Prendergast.

“While some may be argumentative about this bust, claiming it’s ‘just marijuana,’ let me tell you–first and foremost, marijuana is illegal in the state of Florida. This was a great catch by our Patrol and TIU detectives.”

 

Traffic stop leads to felony arrest

A traffic stop yielded a stash of cocaine, thousands of dollars in cash and a firearm.

Rashaud Hayward of Leesburg

A Leesburg man was arrested on Tuesday after a traffic stop yielded a stash of cocaine, thousands of dollars in cash and a firearm.

The Citrus County Sheriff’s Office said that 26-year-old Rashaud Hayward of Leesburg was arrested in Crystal River after members of the Citrus County Sheriff’s Office Tactical Impact Unit (TIU) pulled him over and subsequently searched his vehicle.

Detectives found a large baggie containing approximately three ounces of crack cocaine, with a street value of several thousand dollars, inside Hayward’s pants, the Sheriff’s Office said. A search of the vehicle yielded a small amount of cocaine, $4,000 in cash, and a firearm.

Hayward was charged with trafficking in cocaine more than 28 grams, which is a first-degree felony and carries a minimum mandatory sentence of at least three years in prison. Hayward was also charged with possession of a firearm while in the commission of a felony, the CCSO said, since detectives found a firearm inside the vehicle.

Feb. 18-22 night lane closures on U.S. 19

Night lane closures on U.S. 19

Homosassa Springs, FL — Periodic lane closures may take place in each direction of US 19 (Suncoast Boulevard) from West Green Acres Street to South Jump Court between 8 p.m. and 7 a.m. Sunday through Thursday (February 18 – 22) nights.

Be alert to possible lane shifts.

 

Inverness pedestrian killed in traffic mishap

A 26-year-old pedestrian who was wearing dark clothing was struck and killed by a van Tuesday evening in Inverness.

A 26-year-old pedestrian who was wearing dark clothing was struck and killed by a van Tuesday evening in Inverness.

Christopher Jones of Inverness died at the scene of the accident which occurred at 6:37 a.m. at East Turner Camp Road and Bloomfield Drive in Inverness, according to an accident report from the Florida Highway Patrol.

He had been struck by a 1993 Dodge van driven by 42-year-old Gerald Grace, also of Inverness. He was not injured.

 

Mom accused of DUI, crashing into vehicles

Brianna Dee Knox

SEFFNER — State Troopers say a Citrus County mother was drunk Tuesday when she crashed into several vehicles on Interstate 4 while her 2-year-old son was inside the car.

The Florida Highway Patrol arrested Brianna Dee Knox, 28, of Beverly Hills, on charges including driving under the influence, child neglect, leaving the scene of a crash and battery on a law enforcement officer.

A Florida Highway Patrol spokesperson said FHP began receiving reports of a reckless driver on westbound I-4 near McIntosh Road around 5 p.m. on Tuesday.

While troopers were on their way to the scene, the vehicle that Brianna Dee Knox was driving crashed into several vehicles one mile east of County Road 579. Her vehicle then became disabled under the CR-579 overpass.

Knox then got out of the vehicle and was acting erratically and disturbed, the FHP said. She then removed a 2-year-old boy from the vehicle and began walking around the shoulder of the road and allowed the boy to wander toward traffic.

Knox is said to have then pulled down her pants and urinated on the shoulder of the road.

The FHP tried to arrest Knox and she became violent and resisted. Both troopers fell to the ground. Knox was eventually arrested, but refused to answer any questions or identify the child.

DCF was notified and a Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office child protection officer was contacted to take custody of the child. Knox was transported to the Hillsborough County Jail.

 

Elderly woman dies in traffic accident

The Florida Highway Patrol said that a 77-year-old Inverness woman was killed in a traffic accident Wednesday afternoon on State Road 44.

The unidentified woman was not immediately identified. pending notification of next of kin.

She died at Citrus Memorial Hospital of injuries suffered in the crash.

The FHP said the woman had been driving a 2010 Honda Civic at 4:26 p.m. when Joshua Marsden, 23, lost control of his 2007 Nissan which drove into the path of the woman’s vehicle.

Marsden was seriously injured in the crash and was transported to Ocala Regional Medical Center.