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Drug bust at Brooksville Budget Inn

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Late Monday morning, June 5th, the Hernando County Sheriff’s Office conducted a drug bust at the Budget Inn at 1795 E. Jefferson Street in Brooksville. This bust was a result of a three-month investigation.

Officers were able to recover about 0.8 grams of Crack Cocaine, 1.8 grams of Fentanyl, 1.8 grams of Oxycodone (17 pills), 6.1 grams of Marijuana, and some drug paraphernalia at the scene. One of the individuals in the hotel, Marissa Garrett, already had an arrest warrant issued for burglary. She is now under arrest. The other individual in the hotel room was John Stewart. He participated in some of the sales and is now under arrest as well.

During their investigation of the hotel room, police found that Marissa Garrett and John Stewart were selling crack cocaine from the motel.

Stewart is being charged with possession of crack cocaine, possession of fentanyl, possession of oxycodone, possession of a place for sale of controlled substances, possession of marijuana, and possession of drug paraphernalia. He will be held on a $23,000 bond.

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Garrett was charged with possession of crack cocaine, possession of fentanyl, possession of a place for sale of controlled substances, and possession of drug paraphernalia. She will be held on a $16,000 bond.

Also, two children, ages 5 and 6, were in the motel room at the time of the enforcement of the search warrant. They have since been turned over to the Department of Children and Families, which has placed the children with a family member.

Hanna Maglio
Hanna Maglio
Hanna Maglio is a writer and photographer at the Hernando Sun. She is currently studying journalism at the University of Florida.
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